A Nantgarw plate from the Mackintosh Service circa 1818-20
Lot 102
A Nantgarw plate from the Mackintosh Service circa 1818-20
Sold for £4,582 (US$ 7,220) inc. premium

Lot Details
A Nantgarw plate from the Mackintosh Service
circa 1818-20
painted in London with a dark blue bird standing on a rock, wildflowers and grasses growing on either side and a tree in the distance, the elaborate neoclassical border containing four panels of flower sprays, 24.2cm diameter, impressed NANT-GARW C W, old dealer's label for F Litchfield of the the Sinclair Galleries (fine haircrack to rim, some fine crazing)

Footnotes

  • See illustration

    Three Nantgarw services with this kind of decoration are known and are discussed by W D John, Nantgarw Porcelain, Supplement Number Two. This lot comes from a service originally in the possession of the Priest Richards family of 'Plâs Newydd', near Cowbridge, Glamorgan. Members of the Richards family included lawyers, landowners and agents to the Marquess of Bute. In 1880, the service became a gift to Ella Priest Richards on the occasion of her marriage to The Mackintosh of Mackintosh, but by the turn of the century had been dispersed. This dish is one of a group of pieces bought back by The Mackintosh of Mackintosh from F Litchfield of the Sinclair Galleries in Shaftebury Avenue in 1901. For the original receipt for this transaction, see lot 94 in this sale. All three services are thought to have been ordered by Mortlocks from the decorators Robbins and Randall of Barnsbury Street, Islington. W D John states that the subjects were copied from the books of Francois Levaillant, published between 1801 and 1806 and speculates that the painter was Charles Muss. More recently Roger Edmundsen has compared the painting with ornithological watercolours by Thomas Martin Randall, formerly in the Randall family collection. See Welsh Ceramics in Context (2003), p 204. A Davenport plate painted with exactly the same subject by the so-called 'hyphen painter', presumably copied from the same source and titled 'African-Blue-Gros-Beak-of-Angola', was sold by Bonhams in New Bond Street on 21 September 2005, lot 21
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