Very rare Vauxhall bowl with a ‘fresh’ pattern, c. 1760

Very rare Vauxhall bowl with a ‘fresh’ pattern, c. 1760

This rare piece of Vauxhall porcelain has a ‘new’ pattern with an interesting connection.

Vauxhall Bowl c.1760

Vauxhall Bowl c.1760

It’s painted in underglaze blue with an oriental landscape, while the interior has a small island to the base and the rim a lattice border.

Vauxhall Bowl c.1760

Vauxhall Bowl c.1760

This pattern is what makes it so rare & interesting:

This pattern is apparently not documented, other than an intriguing footnote to the English Ceramic CIrcle’s exhibiton of Vauxhall, where in the catalogue (Ceramics of Vauxhall, p95) there is a ‘fuddling cup’ firmly attributed to Bovey Tracy, the short-lived factory set up by Crisp when he was forced to close his Vauxhall firm in 1763. Porcelain production only lasted form 1766-7, and there were probably only a few kiln firings in that period. If this is a Bovey Tracey piece, it is rare to the extreme; however, it has a comparable body & form to Vauxhall, and the decoration is also a good match, having the ‘wet’ cobalt blue that is so distinctive.

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It dates to Circa 1760.

Provenance: Ex-Rosenberg Reference Collection, Moorabool Antique Galleries, Geelong. This shows our collecting policy: a damaged Vauxhall bowl came in to the collection, so this piece – with just a slight flaw –  can be released for sale. The damaged piece is kept as a comparison piece, to refer to when assessing any potential attributions to Vauxhall.

This interesting piece will be released in our ‘Recent Acquisitions’ Exhibition for 2014, which opens on April 12th in our Geelong premises:

It’s stock no:#1017217  15cm

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