A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.

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Lot 398*
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall
Circa 1891.

Sold for £ 36,000 (US$ 47,985) inc. premium
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall
Circa 1891.
The slender cylindrical shouldered form with rounded base, waisted neck and two square handles of light blue glass encased in dark blue and opaque-white, carved with a bare-footed maiden carrying a milk-pail over her right arm running in a landscape with a spray of foxgloves and blackberry, the reverse with a formal vase of roses, leaves, buds and trailing fern, the short waisted neck with blackberry blossom and stiff leaves to the rim, the short square handles with formal rosette terminals, cut below the sward with an indented narrow band edged with leaves above a border of arum-lily leaves and short circular foot with foliate rim fixed into a circular turned wood stand with silver plaque inscribed Melbourne Tennis Club TROPHY Presented by M. O'Shaunassy/ Won by W.T. Coldham MAY 25th 1892, the vase 30.5cm, overall 34.2cm high, signed G. Woodall

Footnotes

  • Provenance: Purchased by the Melbourne Tennis Club 1891; Christie's, 3 June 1975, lot 153; with Alan Tillman; private collection

    See Grover (1980), p.62, p.387, C346 and S38, Perry (2000), p.35, illustrated p.76, p.103, where the author records that the vase was produced in 1891 and that its successful sale to the Melbourne Tennis Club was a sign of the Woodall's successful exports overseas; Webb Pattern Book - W1776 - 12" two-handled vase; light blue ground, dark blue and white outside - cost of workmen £2.12s; obverse decorated with flowers. The indented line above the foot appears on the drawing in the Webb Pattern Book and is an unusual feature on cameo glass. The form was also used by Woodall for 'The Wader', for which the blue ground colour appears to be similar to the present lot, illustrated by Perry (2000), p.47, W2741. Another

    As a tennis trophy it was presented to Walter Timon Coldham by Mrs. M. O’Shanassy May 25th 1892. Coldham was one of the first committee members of the newly established Lawn Tennis Association of Victoria and also of the Melbourne Cricket Club. Walter Timon Coldham was born to English and Irish parents in 1860 near Branxholme, Victoria. After displaying athletic prowess throughout his education and whilst training for the Bar, Coldham managed to balance his professional career with his love of sport. As a barrister, he was involved in several important cases during the 1890s which strengthened his professional reputation and his services became much in demand. Coldham died on 29th May 1908.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
A fine and important two-handled cameo glass vase, 'The Milkmaid', by George Woodall Circa 1891.
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