A fine oval enamel plaque by William Hopkins Craft, circa 1770
Lot 50
A fine oval enamel plaque by William Hopkins Craft, circa 1770
Sold for £1,125 (US$ 1,805) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine oval enamel plaque by William Hopkins Craft, circa 1770
Brightly painted with Poor Maria, the young lady in neo-classical dress seated beneath a tree, holding a dog by a leash and with a pipe to her right, a distant town in the background, signed W.Craft, 10cm high

Footnotes

  • The source is taken from a print after the painting by Angelica Kauffmann (1741-1807). The original painting was sold at Christie's on 6th July 2007, lot 169. This plaque depicts the heart-broken Maria from Laurence Sterne's A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy, first published in 1768:

    'When we had got within half a league of Moulines, at a little opening in the road leading to a thicket, I discovered poor Maria sitting under a poplar. She was sitting with her elbow in her right hand: - a small brook ran at the foot of the tree... She was dressed in white, and much as my friend described her, except that her hair hung loose, which was before twisted within a silk net. - She had superadded likewise to her jacket, a pale green ribband, which fell across her shoulder to her waist, at the end of which hung her pipe. - Her goat had been as faithless as her lover; and she had got a little dog in lieu of him, which she had kept tied by a string to her girdle...'

    William Hopkins Craft (1730-1811) was the brother of Thomas Craft, a painter at the Bow porcelain factory. William was partnered with David Rhodes whilst they were both employed by Josiah Wedgwood as enamellers in London. Craft's celebrated British Worthies plaque from the Mort and Moira Lesser collection was sold in these rooms on 19 October 2011, lot 168

Saleroom notices

  • Please note there are some restored chips to the left edge of the plaque, not mentioned in the catalogue.
Auction information

This auction is now finished. If you are interested in consigning in future auctions, please contact the specialist department. If you have queries about lots purchased in this auction, please contact customer services.

Buyers' Obligations

ALL BIDDERS MUST AGREE THAT THEY HAVE READ AND UNDERSTOOD BONHAMS' CONDITIONS OF SALE AND AGREE TO BE BOUND BY THEM, AND AGREE TO PAY THE BUYER'S PREMIUM AND ANY OTHER CHARGES MENTIONED IN THE NOTICE TO BIDDERS. THIS AFFECTS THE BIDDERS LEGAL RIGHTS.

If you have any complaints or questions about the Conditions of Sale, please contact your nearest customer services team.

Buyers' Premium and Charges

For all Sales categories excluding Wine, Coins & Medals and Motor Cars and Motorcycles:

Buyer's Premium Rates
25% on the first £50,000 of the Hammer Price
20% from £50,001 to £1,000,000 the Hammer Price
12% from £1,000,001 of the Hammer Price

VAT at the current rate of 20% will be added to the Buyer's Premium and charges excluding Artists Resale Right.

Payment Notices

Payment in advance: by cash, check with banker's card, credit card, bank draft or traveler's cheque.

Payment at collection: by credit or debit card.

Credit card charges: a surcharge of 2% is applicable when using Mastercard, Visa and overseas debit cards.

Shipping Notices

For information and estimates on domestic and international shipping as well as export licenses please contact Bonhams Shipping Department.

Contacts
  1. Fergus Gambon
    Specialist - British Ceramics
    Bonhams
    Work
    101 New Bond Street
    London, United Kingdom W1S 1SR
    Work +44 20 7468 8245
    FaxFax: +44 20 7468 8252
Similar Items