A rare Swansea Pottery jug by Thomas Pardoe, circa 1805
Lot 248
A rare Swansea Pottery jug by Thomas Pardoe, circa 1805
Sold for £5,000 (US$ 8,404) inc. premium
Lot Details
A rare Swansea Pottery jug by Thomas Pardoe, circa 1805
Finely painted with a view of 'Hall Caerphilly Castle' within an oval panel below the spout, the foreground with two brightly attired gentlemen enjoying the ruinous structure around them, flanked by gilded sprays with insects in flight above, a formal border gilded below the rim, the spout gilt with caillouté, 18.8cm high, underside inscribed in Pardoe's distinctive hand


  • Named topographical views are only rarely found on Swansea pottery of this period. Most notable is a series of creamware plates inspired by Wedgwood's 'Frog Service' with sepia monochrome landscapes by Thomas Pardoe and William Weston Young (although a third unknown artist may have also been involved). Two cabaret services with monochrome Welsh views are also recorded. Excepting these, only a small number of topographical mugs and jugs are recorded and all can safely be attributed to the hands of William Weston Young or Thomas Pardoe. See the mug with a view of Charlecote House illustrated by Jonathan Gray, The Cambrian Company, Swansea Pottery in London, 1806-1808 (2012), pl 4.58, p.95. A jug painted with a view of Mumbles Lighthouse in the National Museum Wales is illustrated at pl 6.65, p.195. The gilding pattern appears to be identical to the present lot and it is perhaps the pair to it or at least another in the same series. The local scenes on both jugs might suggest that they were intended for the local market although jugs formed a major part of the 1808 sale of the contents of the Cambrian Warehouse in London. This lot does not appear to have been recorded and represents an important addition to the subject
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