Swansea glassy paste coffee can, panel of river goddess
Lot 271
A very rare Swansea coffee can, circa 1815-17
Sold for £2,000 (US$ 3,133) inc. premium

Lot Details
Swansea glassy paste coffee can, panel of river goddess
A very rare Swansea coffee can, circa 1815-17
In 'glassy' paste and of cylindrical form with a ring handle, unusually painted with a nymph reclining at the water's edge beside an overturned water vessel, a dolphin-like animal seemingly balanced on the surface of the water behind her, within a rectangular panel with canted corners, outlined in black enamel and edged in gold, a wide gilded border of scrolls and anthemions below the rim, 6cm high (slight wear)

Footnotes

  • The decoration on this can is most unusual. 'Glassy' paste porcelain seems to have been preferred by William Billingsley and other pieces are found decorated very much in his style. However, the fine quality figural painting found on this lot bears no relation to figural work traditionally attributed to Billingsley at Swansea. See the teacup and saucer and plate sold in these rooms on 2 November 2011, lots 217 and 218. Another possibility may be Thomas Baxter who arrived at Swansea in 1816 and produced a body of figural work in neoclassical style. A Coalport coffee can painted by him seated lady, possibly Emma Hamilton, signed, 'T B' and dated 1801, is illustrated by John O Wilstead and Bernard Morris, Thomas Baxter The Swansea Years 1816-19 (1997), p 4, fig 2
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