An important pair of Flight, Barr and Barr vases with theatrical scenes by Thomas Baxter, circa 1814-16
Lot 128
An important pair of Flight, Barr and Barr vases with theatrical scenes by Thomas Baxter, circa 1814-16
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,502) inc. premium

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An important pair of Flight, Barr and Barr vases with theatrical scenes by Thomas Baxter, circa 1814-16 An important pair of Flight, Barr and Barr vases with theatrical scenes by Thomas Baxter, circa 1814-16
An important pair of Flight, Barr and Barr vases with theatrical scenes by Thomas Baxter, circa 1814-16
Of Warwick Vase form with two gilt entwined handles and a gadrooned rim, applied with a band of white pearls above a band of acanthus leafs in raised gold, each vase painted with a continuous landscape of two theatrical scenes, set against a pink ground, the bases inscribed with the titles and quotations in Baxter's distinctive script, 24.8cm and 25.1cmhigh, script marks referring to the Coventry St address (some damages) (2)

Footnotes

  • The inscriptions identify the four subjects

    DOUGLAS Act IV
    Norval: Art thou my mother? Ever let me kneel.

    TWO GENTLEMEN of VERONA Act V sc.IV
    Val: Ruffian, let go that rude uncivil touch,

    AS YOU LIKE IT Act IV. Sc.III
    Oliver. Many will swoon when they do look on blood.

    DOUGLAS Act V
    Lord R.. The mother and her son. how curst I am!

    A print of the Two gentlemen of Verona scene, after a work by the artist Thomas Stothard RA (1755-1834), was published by the printmaker John Thompson (1785-1866). An example is in the Folger Shakespeare Library collection, Washington. This Two gentlemen of Verona scene is one of four engravings by Thomas Stothard included in Friedman's publication titled Boydell's Shakespeare Gallery. This folio of prints was published in 1805 with the title A Collection of Prints, From Pictures Painted for the Purpose of Illustrating the Dramatic Works of Shakespeare, by the Artists of Great-Britain. Boydell's gallery was used as a source for Shakespeare scenes both at Flights and at Chamberlains china factories. Interestingly another Flight, Barr and Barr vase by Thomas Baxter, in Los Angeles County Museum, no.54.140.6, is painted with a different version of The Two gentleman of Verona scene also after Thomas Stothard.

    The scenes from John Home's Douglas are possibly of the child actor William Henry West Betty, known as 'Master Betty' (1791-1874), who first performed the role in Ireland, then again at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, where he debuted on November 28, 1803. The role of the mother, Lady Randolph, attracted famous actresses from Peg Woffington to Sarah Siddons. Thomas Baxter attanded every theatre in London and made numerous sketches from life. He missed the London theatre greatly, having moved to Worcester in 1814 due to ill health. Baxter worked for Flight, Barr and Barr from 1814-16 as an all-round 'decorator'. While at Flights, he produced the superb Shakespeare Chalice, now displayed in the National Museum of Wales, and which bears a striking resemblances to the present vases
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