An important Nantgarw vase  Circa 1818-20.
Lot 285
An important Nantgarw vase Circa 1818-20.
Sold for £4,320 (US$ 6,759) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important Nantgarw vase  Circa 1818-20.
An important Nantgarw vase
Circa 1818-20.
Of classical form with moulded foliate borders and twin handles in the form of dolphins with coiled tails, the handles and rim picked out in green enamel and gold, the neck and flattened shoulders painted by Thomas Pardoe with a view of the Old Bridge at Pontypridd, the reverse with a group of buildings set by the water's edge, within a narrow brown line band, the moulding on the lower section and foot picked out in gold, 13.5cm high (cover lacking, one handle with section broken and restuck. short fine crack to rim)

Footnotes

  • A Nantgarw dish painted by Thomas Pardoe with the bridge at Pontypridd is illustrated by Morton Nance, The Pottery and Porcelain of Swansea and Nantgarw, pl CLXXXIVC and a plate by WD John, Nantgarw Porcelain, Illustration 59B. For a vase of the same shape, see illustration 51C. See also Roland Williams, Nantgarw Porcelain 1813-1822, figs 106, 107 and 108 and front cover. The same subject is seen on a Swansea vase and cover, now in the museum at Pontypridd, attributed to William Billingsley and illustrated by Jones and Joseph, Swansea Porcelain Shapes and Decoration, p 223. It is interesting to compare the Billingsley and Pardoe versions which show the bridge from slightly different angles, perhaps being drawn from different source prints. The bridge was the longest single spanning bridge in the world when constructed by William Edwards in 1750. Two previous attempts at spanning the River Taff had been unsuccessful. The first wooden structure was washed away by floods. The second was of stone and collapsed during construction due to excessive weight. The third and successful attempt solved the weight problem by piercing the bridge with six large holes, thus providing its distinctive appearance. The bridge remains standing, augmented by another three arch bridge built alongside in 1857
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