Rare lobed Dish, Vauxhall, c.1756-60


This fine and rare Vauxhall dish of lobed form, is polychrome printed and hand-coloured with a tied floral bouquet including a sunflower, a smaller spray and sprigs. These are interspersed with a bug, butterflies, and a crawling caterpillar.

The form of this dish is almost certainly based on a contemporary silver design.

Vauxhall was one of the first English porcelain factories to employ a technique of printing on porcelain. A method peculiar to Vauxhall in the mid-1750s was that of 'polychrome printing', where two or more colours were applied to a single copperplate and transfer-printed. Additional details could be added by hand with enamels. The process proved to be too laborious and expensive to be adopted elsewhere.

Provenance: The Watney Collection (Bonhams, 10 May 2000, lot 730); Mercury Antiques, London.

Condition: Excellent, with just very light wear to the surface and a minute nick beneath the rim, which may in fact be one of three stilt or spur marks. There are fully-glazed clay tears which occurred during manufacture. No restoration.

This would make a superb addition to a collection of early English porcelain.

Dimensions: Diameter 24.4 cm

Ceramics of Vauxhall: 18th Century Pottery and Porcelain, Roger Massey, Felicity Marno and Simon Spero (The English Ceramic Circle, 2007).



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