A rare Nantgarw tazza, circa 1818-20
Lot 137
A rare Nantgarw tazza, circa 1818-20
Sold for £4,375 (US$ 7,353) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Nantgarw tazza, circa 1818-20
The shallow bowl with a turned rim, the heavy foot also finely turned, painted in London, probably in the Bradley workshop, with sprays of peaches and other fruits within the interior, within a gilded lattice border pendant with flowers and leaves, the underside with three floral sprays, bowl 10.9cm diam (small restored chip to underside of rim)


  • Tazze of this form are strongly associated with Nantgarw, none being recorded at Swansea and only a very small number from other British makers. Luxury objects of essentially decorative character, they were mostly London decorated although a few locally painted examples are recorded. The style of the fruit and flower painting on this example is closely related to that found on Nantgarw plates of Brace service type. See the small Nantgarw plate, lot 145 in this sale. Shared characteristics include the inclusion of striped fruits within the sprays, often stipple painted, and the wispy stems and grasses which protrude from each floral spray. The distinctive gilded border below the rim is also seen on a sauce tureen with decoration attributed to the Bradley workshop and illustrated by Oliver Fairclough, The London China Trade 1800-1830, ECC Trans, Vol.16, Part 2, p.207. No other similarly painted Nantgarw tazza appears to be recorded. A London decorated example of a different pattern was sold in these rooms on 3 October 2012, lot 223
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