An interesting South Staffordshire enamelled opaque-white flask circa 1760
Lot 317
An interesting South Staffordshire enamelled opaque-white flask circa 1760
Sold for £4,200 (US$ 6,586) inc. premium

Lot Details
An interesting South Staffordshire enamelled opaque-white flask circa 1760
An interesting South Staffordshire enamelled opaque-white flask
circa 1760
Possibly John Haseldine or William Beilby, Birmingham, the flattened ovoid form with short narrow neck painted with a wildfowler and his dogs shooting at birds in a field, a cornfield at one side and a gate to his rear, the reverse inscribed EDWARD.TUDOR within a scrolling cartouche in puce, 16cm long (restuck large chip to neck)

Footnotes

  • It is clear from the existence of a small number of similar examples that the decorator of this glass was probably working in the South Staffordshire area in the late 1750s. John Haseldine, a copper box enameller in the Birmingham area, engaged William Beilby as an apprentice in 1755.
    Although there are no attributable enamel boxes to either maker, the circumstantial evidence that Beilby may also have practised enamelling on locally-made opaque-white glass under Haseldine's tutelage is strong. This may suggest that Haseldine may also have been a glass decorator and may have used transfer-prints. Such training would have given Beilby the knowledge on how to decorate glass when he moved to Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1760.

    A very similar flask, now in the Corning Museum of Glass, New York State, is decorated with two huntsmen pursuing a stag, the reverse inscribed MAT.ew STUBS Esq./1757 (see Journal of Glass Studies, Vol.40 (1998), p.148, fig.18). Both flasks relate closely to a carafe in Broadfield House Glass Museum, dated 1757 (see Simon Cottle, 'The Other Beilbys: British Enamelled Glass of the 18th Century', Apollo, Vol. CXXIV (October 1986), p.317, fig.5). The scene on the present lot has been used both on glass and porcelain, especially at Worcester, and appears to be based on a set of engravings of hunting pastimes perhaps by Robert Hancock.

    Examples from the Beilby workshop include at least three wine glasses painted in opaque-white enamel, from the A.C. Hubbard Collection (see Ward Lloyd, A Wine-lover's Glasses (2000), p.72, pl.89, the Sir Hugh Dawson Collection (see Robert Charleston, English Glass (1984), pl.41f) and that in the Julius and Ann Kaplan Collection (catalogue, p.12, no.3. A flask, dated 1769, in the Ashmolean Museum, inscribed Thomas Brown, Nenthead (see James Rush, A Beilby Odyssey (1987), p.69, pl.29.

    Another flask, in the Victoria and Albert Museum, printed in black and painted over in enamel colours with a mounted Oriental hunting a leopard, the reverse with a couple in European Costume, is illustrated by Robert Charleston, 'Decoration on Glass, Part 4 - Printing', Glass Circle Journal 3 (1979), pp.22-23, figs.1 and 2
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