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Mochaware Pitcher with Three Cable Decoration England Circa 1830$1,860.00
This mochaware pitcher has three broad bands of slip-decorated color: two bands of dark tan frame a band of light blue.
Each band is decorated with a wavy three-color cable of white, light brown, and dark “mocha” brown.
Every piece of Mochaware is unique. Decorated with a three-color cable pattern, this pitcher is a gem!
Made in England circa 1830, it would have been turned on a lathe.
The turner decorated this pitcher with concentric bands of dark brown above and below each slip-colored band.
The turner then unlocked the lathe and applied by freehand a three-color cable of marbled slip design over the bands of colored ground.
The use of cable patterns on mochaware is an English invention created around 1810.
For images and a detailed explanation of this multi-chambered slip pot decoration, see Jonathan Rickard’s “Mocha and Related Dipped Wares 1770-1939,” pp 62-74.
Dimensions: 6,75″ tall x 5.5″ at widest point x 8.25″ from tip of spout to end of handle
Staffordshire Porcelain Pitcher England Circa 1830$285.00
This simple, charming Staffordshire porcelain pitcher is perfect for flowers.
Made in England circa 1830, the pitcher has a beautiful hand painted bouquet on the front.
We see colors of pink, light blue, yellow, purple, orange, and two tones of green on the leaves.
Three horizontal gilt bands define the base, neck, and top of the pitcher.
The handle has an embossed decoration of leaves on the vine.
Dimensions: 6.75″ tall x 6.5″ from the end of spout to end of handle x 4.75″ diameter at the widest point and 3″ diameter across the base
Condition: Very good, with slight wear to the painted enamels (see close-up images). The porcelain and gilding are perfect.
Two Mochaware Pint Mugs Made England, Circa 1870-1880$1,080.00
These two mochaware mugs were made to hold a pint of beer or lager. One mug has “Pint” on the front (see image #3). They were made in England circa 1870-1880. The colors are soft. The attractive design follows a pattern for English mochaware made for export to the European continent. Around or near the top of each mug is a band of medium blue slip. Below are thin bands of midnight brown slip and then a broad band of colored slip of either moss green or dark beige brown. This single wide band is sparsely decorated with mocha ‘Trees”. The elegant spacing of the mochaware “Trees” adds to the beauty of these mugs.
Dimensions: the mug with the green band is 5″ tall x 3.5″ in diameter and the mug with the beige/brown band is 5.15 tall x 3.4″ in diameter
Price: $1,780 for the two mugs
Antique French Porcelain Pitcher Hand Painted Empire Period, Circa 1815$860.00
Made in the Napoleonic period, this exquisite French porcelain pitcher was hand-painted in the Empire style. It boasts classical and rococo influences, with a bold purple square outlined in gold and elegant swags of acanthus* leaves, symbolizing immortality, painted in grisaille. The green enamel on the handle adds a touch of refinement. The gilding on the throat of the pitcher is exceptional, depicting a pair of golden hawks amidst vines. With meticulous attention to detail, the painting features an array of stunning colors, all expertly accented with gleaming gold gilding.
*Acanthus leaves symbolize immortality. In the Napoleonic period in France, acanthus refers to Napoleon’s immortality.
Dimensions: 9.25” tall x 7.25” deep x 5.75” diameter at the widest point
Early Derby Porcelain Coffee Can att. to George Robertson, circa 1795$3,200.00
A green-ground porcelain coffee can made by the Derby Porcelain Factory circa 1795. This green-ground coffee can is a fine example of early Derby porcelain. The shipwreck scene, titled on the bottom “A Shipwreck after a Storm” in hand-written script, is attributed to the painter George Robertson. The gilding, executed by Joseph Stables, remains in pristine condition.
Condition: Excellent. Small rim chip measuring 0.4 cm with associated in-painting of gilt.
Dimensions: 2 1/2 in. H x 2 7/8 in. Dm (6.4 cm H x 6.9 cm Dm)
Private English collection
Mellors & Kirk, Nottingham, 4/30/2009, lot 106
Thence by family descent
Early 19th Century Creil French Mochaware Coffee Pot$1,995.00
A Creil mochaware peach-colored coffee pot made circa 1810.
This elegant coffee pot features a dark brown mocha design on a light peach body. Mochaware was developed in Staffordshire in the late 18th century, but spread to continental Europe through the Middle-Eastern moss agate trade. Moss agate stones, which sport a similar tree-like design, were exported to the West through the port of al Makha, translated in English to “Mocha.” While moss agates were used as semiprecious stones in jewelry and objets de vertu for the upper classes, their dendrite design inspired potters such as Creil to create mochawares for more quotidian usage.
Dimensions: 10 in. H x 6 1/4 at widest point (25.4 cm H x 15.9 cm W)
Condition: Excellent visual condition, with invisible professional restoration to cover and spout. Some minor staining to clay body under the glaze on the foot.
Odd Fellows Creamware Pitcher Very Large England Circa 1850$1,640.00
This very large creamware pitcher is fully decorated with the imagery and symbols of the Odd Fellows (see images).
Odd Fellows promote philanthropy, the ethic of reciprocity, and charity.
At the front of the pitcher, we see a panel with the words “We are odd Fellows When we act and Do the thing which is Right.”
Around this panel are the words “How grand in Age How fair in Youth is Holly Friendship, Love and Truth.”
Above the panel is an open palm with a heart symbolic of charity given from the heart.
On both sides of the pitcher is the Odd Fellows motto, “Amicitia Amor et Veritas,”; which translates to Friendship, Love, and Truth.
The motto is seen together with an image of Lady Justice and an angel holding a budding branch. Lady Justice personifies morality in judicial systems. The budding branch symbolizes the idea that truth can “draw freshness and verdure” from the “most barren facts and common things in life” and give them life and interest.
Above all of this is a shining sun. As the sun shines on us all, it symbolizes impartiality in the benevolence of the Odd Fellows.
Dimensions: 9.75″ tall x 8.25″ diameter
Condition: An invisible restoration to the underside of the vase, only, and some scratching, particularly to the lustered leaves and the flowers and the lustered top edge.
Antique English Soft Paste Porcelain Liverpool Coffee Pot 18th Century$400.00
We are pleased to offer this rare Liverpool soft-paste porcelain coffee pot made in England in the late 18th century, circa 1785. The pot is painted with a lovely chinoiserie scene on both sides of the body. In the scene, a lady stands in front of a blossoming plum tree. She offers a basket of sweets to two boys.
The artisan skillfully integrated chinoiserie figures into the design to add exotic appeal in an era when China was still a distant land of mystery. Dimensions: 10.5″ tall x 8.5″ deep x 5″ wide. Condition: Very good with a single fine short hairline (see images).
Mochaware Pitcher Decorated with “”Trees” and Seaweed” England, circa 1810$1,400.00
Made in England circa 1810 this mochaware pitcher is decorated with “Trees” and “Seaweed.” It is molded in an elegant shape with an extra-wide mouth probably made this way so that pieces of fruit in a punch could pour out. The pitcher has bands of orange-brown slip decorated with both “Trees” and “Seaweed”. These dendritic designs are part of what make mochaware is unique. The design is formed by using small amounts of an acidic dark brown liquid and carefully dropping this liquid onto the alkaline orange slip before firing. The resultant chemical reaction causes the tree-seaweed pattern. Because the patterns are caused by chemical reactions each one is unique. The managers of mochaware factories often only specified the style of the work but gave each turner some freedom regarding the choice of design and colors. On this pitcher, the slip bands are separated by six thin bands of impressed white pearls and two white bands of impressed waves.
Dimensions: 6.75 inches tall x 7 inches deep x 4.5 inches diameter at widest point
Condition: Excellent with very slight fritting and toning along the top edge.
Mochaware Mug Twig and Wavy line Decoration England c-1830 Rickard Collection$470.00
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