An important pair of Worcester 'frill' vases and covers, circa 1770-72
Lot 236*
An important pair of Worcester 'frill' vases and covers, circa 1770-72
Sold for £ 16,250 (US$ 20,905) inc. premium

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An important pair of Worcester 'frill' vases and covers, circa 1770-72
Modelled by John Toulouse, of hexagonal form with elaborate applied decoration and handles in the form of female masks, each facet with a colourful garland of flowers and 'hot cross bun buds' secured with tied ribbons, a band of coloured shell-like 'frills' below, the shoulders pierced with six latticework panels, the white ground painted with formal flowers and insects, the pierced and domed covers with rose finials, 39cm high, impressed 'T' marks for John Toulouse (4)

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Phillips sale in late 1980s
    The Harold Schenberg Collection, Western Australia

    Illustrated by John Sandon, The Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain (1993), p.329, colour plate 85. The 'T' stamp on the footrim is the mark of John Toulouse who is likely to have been both the modeller and the 'repairer' who supervised the assembly of these remarkable vases. Closely related 'Frill vases' were made at Bow and at Bristol and in both cases examples are recorded with T or To marks. Toulouse worked at Worcester around 1770-72 and the enamelling on this pair shows that they were made and decorated at the Worcester factory. A very similar Worcester vase and cover from the Liane Richards Collection was sold in these rooms on 13 April 2016, lot 156. Another pair from the Zorensky Collection was sold at Bonhams on 23 February 2005, lot 207 and again on 3 November 2016, lot 236. The Zorensky pair was in poor condition and by comparison the present pair has survived with remarkably little damage.
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