A rare Nantgarw topographical plate, circa 1818-20
Lot 505
A rare Nantgarw topographical plate, circa 1818-20
Sold for £7,800 (US$ 13,102) inc. premium
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A rare Nantgarw topographical plate, circa 1818-20
The cavetto fully painted with a titled view of 'THE MENAI STRAITS', showing the Menai Suspension Bridge and a variety of boats on the water below, a group of cattle on the bank to the left, the Marquis of Anglesey's Column just visible to the right, within a gilded neoclassical border, 23.9cm diam, impressed 'NANT-GARW CW', title in brown upper case lettering


  • Landscape painting is relatively uncommon on Nantgarw porcelain and named Welsh views are rare. This lot belongs to an important series of Nantgarw plates painted with Welsh topographical scenes after engravings published in Henry Gastineau's 'Wales Illustrated' of 1830. The 'Menai Bridge' engraving appears on the title page, illustrated by Coysh and Henrywood, Blue and White Printed Pottery, Vol. I, p 245. Four other plates from the group, two with a related gilding pattern on the border, were in the Sir Leslie Joseph Collection, sold Sotheby's, 14-16 May 1992, lots 489, 490, 491 and 493. Another is the following lot in this sale. The decorator responsible for this group is not known. As they are Welsh views, it is tempting to suggest that the decoration was done locally. However, a London decorator would seem more likely. Menai Suspension Bridge was constructed by Thomas Telford and was completed in 1826. It carries the London to Holyhead road over the Menai Strait. The Marquis of Anglesey's column, visible in the background, was built to commemorate the achievement of William Henry Paget, second-in-command at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
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