Leaf-form Stand, Longton Hall, soft paste porcelain, c.1758


Painted with floral bouquets, scattered sprays and a winged insect, this Longton Hall stand is naturalistically modelled in leaf-form with a rustic branch handle.

This style of painting is attributed to the 'Trembly Rose Painter', on account of the quivering stems and crinkled petals. Although Meissen had a tremendous influence on Longton Hall decoration of this period, albeit by way of the Chelsea manufactory, the insect is characteristically bizarre, and the blue rose most unusual.

The base, wiped free of glaze, is typically unmarked.

Provenance: The Tryhorn Collection.

One name synonymous with Longton Hall is that of the entrepreneur William Littler, and it is under his guidance that porcelain was successfully manufactured at Longton Hall, Staffordshire, between the years 1749-60.

It is conceivable that Longton Hall ultimately failed in 1760 because their wares were too sophisticated for provincial taste, and Chelsea had already captured the fashionable London market. Also, Longton Hall useful wares could have been too delicate for everyday use, compared with those of Bow and Worcester.

Condition: Excellent - no chips, cracks or restoration. There is some light wear to the chocolate line rim, and also to the decoration, consistent with the use for which the stand was intended. The paste contains the usual firing and potting irregularities often seen in Longton Hall, such as the two small clay tears visible on the underside. Chelsea-like 'moons' caused by small air bubbles occurring in the body, can also be seen with the aid of transmitted light, and the paste has an opalescent green translucency.

This item would enhance any collection of early English porcelain.

Dimensions: Width 23 cm

Longton Hall Porcelain, Bernard Watney (Faber and Faber, 1957).

Excavations at the Longton Hall porcelain manufactory. Part III: the porcelain and other ceramic finds, Bernard M. Watney (Post-Medieval Archaeology, Volume 27, 1993).


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