A pair of Minton pâte-sur-pâte vases and covers by Albion Birks and another cover, circa 1910
Lot 298
A pair of Minton pâte-sur-pâte vases and covers by Alboin Birks, circa 1910
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,432) inc. premium
Lot Details
A pair of Minton pâte-sur-pâte vases and covers by Alboin Birks, circa 1910
Of slender shield shape, the spiral fluted bases and necks adorned at the shoulder with two gilt wreaths and lug handles, decorated in white relief against a dark brown ground, with Nymphs seated on pedestals, one beating a tambourine surrounded by cupids in flight, the other with a nymph balancing an incense burner on her lap issuing cupids amongst the smoke, 24.6cm high, impressed Mintons and date cipher, gold globe marks (replacement covers) (4)

Footnotes

  • Bernard Bumpus illustrates in his book Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief decoration, 1849-1992 (1992) a plaque entitled 'Papillons' (butterflies) signed by Louis Solon, which features a nymph playing a tambourine. This plaque along with another entitled 'Abeilles' (bees) was completed by Solon in 1877 whilst he was at the Minton factory, by this time Alboin Birks had been in his apprenticeship at Mintons for a year. The design clearly inspired Birks, as his interpretation is almost identical. A similar vase by Birks is illustrated by Joan Jones, Minton (1993) p.202
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