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An important Lowestoft tea canister, dated 1797
Provenance: The Godden Reference Collection. Illustrated by Geoffrey Godden, Lowestoft Porcelains (1985), colour pl. 12 and pl 228 and discussed on p. 236. Exhibited at Stoke-on-Trent Museum and illustrated in Eighteenth Century English Porcelain (1985), colour pl. XVIII and pls. 164 and 165. On p.203 Godden recounts the story of its purchase form David Manheim for the sum of £36 in October 1955. No wares of the same pattern are recorded, suggesting this was a presentation piece rather than part of a service. Godden suggests that 'MM' is the recipient of the gift and 'JDR' the donor who could be James Redgrave, John Redgrave senior or John Redgrave junior, the later probably being the painter of the piece. The connection is established by similar flower painting found on birth tablets made for members of the Redgrave family. See the example illustrated by Godden, op cit (1985), pl.166 commemorating the birth of Susanna Redgrave on 9 April 1794. It would seem likely that these tablets were painted by a member of the family as the painting is so much better than average. The group of Lowestoft porcelains inscribed by the same hand also includes the mug, lot 431 in this sale.