An important Coalport coffee can and saucer circa 1812
Lot 118
An important Coalport coffee can and saucer circa 1812
Sold for £2,760 (US$ 4,510) inc. premium

Auction 16351: Wales & West sale
12 Jul 2008 11:00 BST

Bath
Lot Details
An important Coalport coffee can and saucer
circa 1812
from the Lewes service painted by Thomas Pardoe in Bristol in 1812, painted in his distinctive style with lobed panels of flowers, birds, shells, and landscapes, reserved on a rich underglaze blue ground gilt with neoclassical ornament, a Garter Star gilded in the centre of the saucer, saucer 13.8cm diam the coffee can inscribed Pardoe. Bristol (2)

Footnotes

  • The Lewes service was decorated to the order of William Lewes of Duffryn House, near Ammanford, Carmarthenshire in 1812. Some of the pieces from the service are inscribed in gold script 'W Lewes Esq 1812', and others 'Pardoe, 28 Bath Street, Bristol, Warranted'. Thomas Pardoe had established his own decorating business in Bristol by 1809 and is known to have decorated Wedgwood and Coalport blanks. His other work on Coalport includes tea and coffee services for the Honourable Mrs King and Lord Milford, together with a recently discovered set with shell panels reserved on a peach ground with caillouté gilding. Many pieces bear his 'trade-mark' of the gilded Garter Star, as seen on his earlier work on Cambrian Pottery and later at Nantgarw. The marked interior of the cover of the teapot from the Lewes service is illustrated by Rowland Williams, Nantgarw Porcelain 1813-1822, fig 14, a teacup and saucer by W D John, Nantgarw Porcelain, Illustration 9A, and the sucrier and cover by Andrew Renton, Thomas Pardoe and William Weston Young, Welsh Ceramics In Context, Part I, p 132. See also p 123 where a close-up of the shell painting on the sucrier is illustrated alongside Pardoe's earlier work on a Cambrian shell-painted cabaret tray of circa 1800
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