An early 19th century Coade type imitation stone urn after a design by George Bullock,
Lot 671
An early 19th century Coade type imitation stone urn
after a design by George Bullock,
Sold for £4,750 (US$ 8,015) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An early 19th century Coade type imitation stone urn
after a design by George Bullock,
the moulded body of ovoid vase form with laurel and central roundel girdle decoration, the horizontal reeded high scroll handles with flower head roundel decoration above stylised Bacchus mask heads, on circular pedestal and attached to a later slab base, 132cm high

Footnotes

  • This urn bears a striking similarity to a pair illustrated in a contemporary plate from 'Ackermann's The Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions and Politics' published between 1809 and 1828. The Repository cites George Bullock in relation to various interior and furniture designs for eight specific plates. One plate entitled 'Grecian Furniture' dating from May 1816 illustrates an interior setting with a sofa flanked by a pair of rectangular plinths applied with classical winged female figures surmounted by a pair of twin handled urns. With an almost identical laurel frieze and floral rosette scrolling handles, this urn only differ in that it has additional palmette decoration to its neck.

    Although there is absolutely no documentary evidence to substantiate any theory that Bullock may have used the Coade factory to produced pieces of this type, a contemporary description of the contents of his Liverpool showroom given in 'The Picture of Liverpool' published in 1805 mentions '...Visitors are gratuitously admitted to a suite of rooms, in which a variety of the most fashionable and elegant furniture, in a stile of exquisite taste, is constantly displayed as well as an extensive collection of statues, figures, sphinxes, griffins, &c &c in marble, bronze, or artificial stone' This 'artificial stone' was presumably a high fired ceramic body similar to the type produced at the Coade Factory in the late 18th and 19th century.

    Literature:
    George Bullock, Cabinet-Maker, with introduction by Clive Wainwirght, Exhibition Catalogue for H. Blairman & Sons, London and Sudley Art Gallery Liverpool, John Murray and H. Blairman & Sons, 1988.
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