A Ewenny slipware wassail bowl and cover, dated 1898
Lot 11
A Ewenny slipware wassail bowl and cover, dated 1898
Sold for £2,750 (US$ 4,622) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Ewenny slipware wassail bowl and cover, dated 1898
The swelling body applied with seventeen loop handles inscribed 'Virtue the finest of all - Vice the most hurtful of all - God the first of all', also inscribed above the foot 'Cymru, Cymra, Cymraeg, Mewn undeb Nerth 1898' (Wales and the Welsh united), the domed cover surmounted with a hen, a chick and applied with a profusion of modelled birds and animals including a pig, snake, elephant, crocodile and a man sat astride a barrel inscribed 'XXX', 38.8cm high (some losses and damages) (2)

Footnotes

  • An early Ewenny wassail bowl and cover dated 1833 was sold in these rooms on 1 December 2010, lot 76. A related early 20th century example with a similar figure sitting on a barrel inscribed 'XXX' is illustrated by J M Lewis, The Ewenny Potteries (1982), number 13, p 81. Wassail bowls were used at New Year when groups of revellers would progress from house to house spreading greetings. The bowls were filled with spiced ale which was dispensed to the inhabitants
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  1. Fergus Gambon
    Specialist - British Ceramics
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