A very rare Lowestoft toy teapot and cover, circa 1770-80
Lot 144
A very rare Lowestoft toy teapot and cover, circa 1770-80
Sold for £18,000 (US$ 28,248) inc. premium

Lot Details
A very rare Lowestoft toy teapot and cover circa 1770-80 A Lowestoft toy or miniature teapot and cover, A Trifle From Lowestoft, flowers to the reverse
A very rare Lowestoft toy teapot and cover, circa 1770-80
Of globular form, the domed cover with a mushroom finial, inscribed in blue 'A Trifle from Lowestoft' within a scrollwork cartouche, the reverse with a hand-painted version of the 'Three flowers' floral spray, the cover with smaller sprigs, 'tramline' borders around the cover and neck, 10cm high (chip to footrim) (2)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Curtis Collection 1887, lot 228, Rt Hon Sir Samuel Hoare, Bart Collection, sold Sotheby's, 17 November 1933, lot 37, Mrs Coleman Collection. The Curtis sale in 1887 comprised the effects of Charles John Mann Curtis, a son of Thomas Curtis, a painter at the Lowestoft factory. Illustrated by Geoffrey Godden, Lowestoft Porcelains (1985), dust jacket and colour plate 2, Eighteenth Century English Porcelain, A Selection from the Godden Reference Collection (1985), plate 158, p 195, English Blue and White Porcelain (2004), colour pl. 77 and An Introduction to English Blue and White Porcelains (1974), pl. 14, fig. 79. This rare pot belongs to a group of Lowestoft porcelain 'Trifles', made as gifts from Lowestoft and other local towns and villages. All appear to have been inscribed by the same hand, likely to have been that of the painter Robert Allen. See Lowestoft Porcelains, op cit, pps 146-147. Most are painted in coloured enamel, only a small number being recorded in underglaze blue. A 'Trifle from Lowestoft' inkwell, inscribed in blue and from the Rev R C Wheeler Collection, was sold in these rooms on 23 April 2008, lot 227
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