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    Sale 5366

    Christie's Interiors- Style & Spirit

    23 September 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 246

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA URNS

    BY BLASHFIELD, CIRCA 1875

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF VICTORIAN TERRACOTTA URNS
    BY BLASHFIELD, CIRCA 1875
    With impressed stamps 'THE STAMFORD TERRACOTTA COMPANY (BLASHFIELD'S) LIMITED'
    17¾ IN. (45 CM.) HIGH; 20½ IN. (52 CM.) DIAMETER (2)


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    JOHN MARRIOTT BLASHFIELD HAD A MANUFACTORY IN MILLWALL, POPLAR, WITH A SALES OUTLET AT NO.1 PRAED STREET, PADDINGTON, BUT MOVED TO STAMFORD, LINCOLNSHIRE, IN 1859. THE MOVE TO STAMFORD WAS PARTLY DUE TO THERE BEING A SUPPLY OF GOOD CLAY BUT ALSO CHEAPER LABOUR. THIS ALSO BROUGHT BLASHFIELD INTO CONTACT WITH THE MARQUIS OF EXETER, WHO NOT ONLY OPENED THE NEW FACTORY BUT PROVED A GENEROUS PATRON, BUYING MODELS FOR BURGHLEY HOUSE, AND ALSO PROMOTING BLASHFIELD'S WORK; PRESENTING A BUST OF QUEEN VICTORIA TO PRINCE ALBERT. THE WORKS WERE BANKRUPT IN 1872, THE MARQUIS WAS ONE OF THOSE TO KEEP THE FIRM GOING, AS THE STAMFORD TERRACOTTA COMPANY, BUT ONLY FOR THREE MORE YEARS UNTIL CLOSURE IN 1875. THESE VASES DATE FROM THAT FINAL PERIOD.

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