A fine Chelsea Derby punch bowl circa 1775-80

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Lot 292
A fine Chelsea Derby punch bowl
circa 1775-80

Sold for £ 5,040 (US$ 6,366) inc. premium
A fine Chelsea Derby punch bowl
circa 1775-80
Painted in continental style with two elaborate river landscapes, figures on the bank in the foreground, a variety of towers, churches and domestic buildings behind, below a blue enamel border gilt with fruiting vine, the interior with a sliced orange, partially peeled lemon and sprays of borage, a stylised border of orange blossom and leaves below the rim, 26.5cm diam, gold anchor mark (slight wear to rim and interior)

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The J J Tufnell Collection, Simon Spero Exhibition 2007, Number 7. Illustrated F Severne Mackenna, Chelsea Porcelain: The Gold Anchor Wares, pl 18, fig 33 and by the Antique Porcelain Company, 1953 Coronation Catalogue. This bowl was made at Derby during the period in which William Duesbury was running the Chelsea and Derby factories in parallel. The use of the gold anchor mark suggests that the decoration was applied at the Chelsea factory, or by an outside decorator such as James Giles. The lemon, orange and borage spray within the interior is certainly reminiscent of Giles work. Compare with similar painting of cut and peeled lemons inside a bowl illustrated by Gerald Coke, In Search of James Giles (1983), plate 35. The combination of English and Italian style buildings seen here is also present on a two-handled cup and saucer illustrated by Stephen Mitchell, The Marks on Chelsea-Derby and Early Crossed-Batons Useful Wares (2007), plate 28, which appears to be by the same hand. See also the Cooper's Company Punch Bowl in The Schreiber Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum, illustrated at plate 7
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