An important Minton pâte-sur-pâte tray by Louis Solon Dated 1891.

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Lot 181
An important Minton pâte-sur-pâte tray by Louis Solon
Dated 1891.

Sold for £ 14,400 (US$ 19,871) inc. premium
An important Minton pâte-sur-pâte tray by Louis Solon
Dated 1891.
Of rectangular 'Hildersheim' form with neo-classical handles picked out in oxidised silver and gold, decorated with a classical woman wearing diaphanous robes, holding a hoop and stick and playing with four Cupids, each taking turn to run and jump through the hoop, signed L Solon, upon a dark 'peacock blue' ground, a raised gold border of fruiting vine on a burnished band, edged with gold chains, the tray 33.7cm long, gold printed globe mark, impressed MINTON, shape number 1765 and year cipher (some very minor rubbing to gilding of rim and handles, mounted in an original ebonised wood frame)

Footnotes

  • The Minton factory photograph album of Solon's major pieces (MS.1636) includes an image of this tray (photographed before the gilding) as item 235. A separate list indicates that number 235 was made in 1891. An estimate book of pâte-sur-pâte (MS.1523) includes only one tray created in 1891 which could correspond with the present lot. In the entry for NP887, the description is brief... "1765, Tray, Peacock Blue Body, p.s.p. by Solon". Sadly no title is given. The cost, however is exactly the same as another tray also of shape 1765 created the previous year which was titled 'The Attack on Wisdom' and described as having "peacock blue body, psp by Solon in white paste, gilt border round tray and handles finished in black, silver & gold". In both cases Solon's work on the trays cost £21. The factory calculated the full production cost of this piece at £29.11s.10 1/2d. It was sold for 40 guineas. Another tray of the same shape, decorated by Solon for the Paris Exhibition in 1878, was sold is these rooms, 13 September 2006, lot 188
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