An important Isleworth mug circa 1780

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Lot 152
An important Isleworth mug
circa 1780

Sold for £ 5,760 (US$ 7,948) inc. premium
An important Isleworth mug
circa 1780
Of cylindrical form with a distinctive grooved loop handle, painted in bright blue with the name 'William. Quarman.' below with intricate Fitzhugh type border of alternate sections of cell pattern and tightly packed circles within scrolls, edged with trailing peony flowers and leaves, a graduated husk motif on the handle, 14cm high (cracked and restuck around the lower body, two chips to the rim)

Footnotes

  • Three Isleworth mugs of this distinctive shape were included in the June 2003 exhibition of recent discoveries, illustrated by Massey, Pearce and Howard in their catalogue, pp. 52-55. Fig 84 has an identical husk pattern painted on the handle. This important inscribed mug was almost certainly made for a relative of one of the proprietors of the Isleworth porcelain factory. Benjamin Quarman was a Bristol delft potter, recorded at Brislington and Temple back in 1745 and 1747. By 1753 he had moved to Worcester where he married Anne Shaw, the daughter of another Isleworth partner, Joseph Shaw. Together with Richard Goulding, Joseph Shaw and Benjamin Quarman moved to Isleworth and began porcelain manufacture around 1765. Benjamin Quarman had six children, baptised at Worcester and at Bristol between 1754 and 1761, including a son William baptised on 24 August 1760. Sadly William's infant death is recorded in St Swithin church in Worcester, so the William Quarman named on this mug must have been another relative
An important Isleworth mug circa 1780
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