Opaque white glass Bottle, South Staffordshire, Sunderland or Newcastle-upon-Tyne, c.1760-65


Once forming part of a cruet set, the inscription in a purple cartouche on the neck informs us that this charming opaque white glass bottle contained the oil. Beneath the inscription is a large, loose bouquet including a pink rose, a striped peony, and small orange flowers. The reverse is painted with a large pink honeysuckle, and a spray of small roses.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration. The enamel colours are clean and bright and the rough pontil mark is consistent with production. The original cover is lacking.

Dimensions: Height 17.3 cm

Provenance: The late Sir Hugh and Lady Dawson, Christie's, St James's, London, 14 June, 1983, lot 73.

South Staffordshire was a major centre for the production of wares of this type, however, although this bottle is unsigned, this particular style of flower-painting on opaque white glass is attributed to the Sunderland or Newcastle-upon-Tyne painter signing him or herself P.P or P.F. For comparison, see a cruet bottle for lemon juice, and also a vase and cover at the V&A Museum, London, the signed decoration on both possibly being in the same hand as this oil bottle (C.698-1921 and C.6668&A-1921).

Sotheby's Concise Encyclopedia of Glass, David Battie & Simon Cottle, Eds. (Conran Octopus, 1995).

Cf. no.22 in Gilding the Lily - Delomosne, 1978.


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