An important English Porcelain mug painted by William Billingsley
Lot 207
An important English Porcelain mug painted by William Billingsley, circa 1806
Sold for £1,187 (US$ 1,858) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important English Porcelain mug painted by William Billingsley, circa 1806
Probably at Torksey, of cylindrical form with a plain strap handle, painted in orange monochrome with circular views, one titled 'Hartington Bridge', the other a rural landscape, flanked by gilded foliate garlands and surmounted by a tied ribbon, a gilded 'H' monogram in-between, formal gold and orange borders around the rim and foot, 12.2cm high, title gilded within an orange cartouche (some wear to the gilding)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Kidd Collection, Nottingham. Illustrated by WD John, William Billingsley (1968), illustration 56B. A detail of the view of Hartington Bridge is shown by AE (Jimmy) Jones and Sir Leslie Joseph, Swansea Porcelain (1988), pl 2, p 222. This is one of two mugs discussed by John Haslem, The Old Derby China Factory (1876), pp 53-54 where he describes the landscapes as '.. more solidly painted, chiefly in washes, the lights taken out with the end of a pencil stick..'. The other similar mug to which Haslem refers is illustrated by CL Exley, A History of the Torksey and Mansfield China Factories (1970), p 70 where he states that it is probable that the mug was one of the items left at Derby by Billingsley on his way to South Wales in 1808. This is discussed by Haslem, op cit, at p 64. The decoration relates to that found on the William Sharpe jug in the Usher Gallery in Lincoln, dated 1806 and illustrated by Exley, op cit, pp 52-53 and the Dr Boot tea and coffee service shown at pp 26-29. A view of Hartington Bridge appears on a teacup in this service. Both the Sharpe jug and the Dr Boot service are decorated with a view of the Torksey China Factory. A Torksey-decorated Paris porcelain part service with related views was sold in these rooms on 9 March 2005, lots 242 and 243
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