A La Courtille coffee can painted by Billingsley at Mansfiled with a view of Hafod
Lot 273
An important La Courtille coffee can painted by William Billingsley, circa 1808
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,821) inc. premium

Lot Details
An important La Courtille coffee can painted by William Billingsley, circa 1808
Of plain cylindrical form, the scrolled handle with an inner spur, painted in light brown monochrome by William Billingsley at Brampton with 'A View near Haffod Wales', depicting a waterfall in a dramatic wooded landscape, the circular panels within a formal gilded border surmounted by a ribbon, gilt line borders on the rim and above the foot, the handle gilt with husks in Derby style, 6.2cm diam, crossed swords mark in underglaze blue, title in red script in Billingsley's hand (wear to gilding)

Footnotes

  • The pattern on this can is the same as that found on the Dr Boot service, painted by Billingsley at Brampton and reputedly left with a relative as security for a loan, when Billingsley passed by Derby on his way to South Wales in 1808. The service is described and discussed by C L Exley, A History of the Torksey and Mansfield China Factories (1970), p 24. Similar decoration is found on a cup and saucer illustrated at p 33, from the W G Wheeldon bequest. There appear to be a number of services with related decoration on La Courtille. Billingsley's decision to paint a view of the Hafod estate on this can is most interesting. The Hafod service was commissioned from the Derby factory by Thomas Johnes in 1787 and was painted with scenes from the Picturesque landscape created on his estate at Hafod in Cardiganshire. The service is discussed by AP Ledger, GL Pendred and RA Hallet, Derby Porcelain International Society Newsletter No 27, p 4 where the painting is attributed to Zachariah Boreman. The friendship between Boreman and Billingsley whilst working at Derby is much discussed in the literature. The memory of Boreman's work on the Hafod service may have prompted the decoration of the present lot, making an interesting link with Billinsgley's days at Derby
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