• Sale 7813

    Glin Castle - A Knight in Ireland

    7 May 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 41

    A DUBLIN DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PLATE

    CIRCA 1752-55, CROWNED HARP MARK, THE WORLD'S END POTTERY, HENRY DELAMAIN PERIOD

    Price Realised  

    A DUBLIN DELFT BLUE AND WHITE PLATE
    CIRCA 1752-55, CROWNED HARP MARK, THE WORLD'S END POTTERY, HENRY DELAMAIN PERIOD
    Painted in the manner of Peter Shee with figures on a cliff top within wooded landscape vignette, the border decorated with cell, scale and diaper-pattern scrolls, restored sections to rim
    9¼ in. (23.5 cm.) diam.


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    The present plate, with its distinctively fine landscape painting and crowned harp mark, is probably from a specific service, perhaps a special commission or presentation. Its illustrious provenance of Drayton House in Northamptonshire tantalisingly links it to two possible candidates - Lionel, 1st Duke of Dorset (d.1765), who was Lord Lieutenant of Ireland from 1751-55, or his third son Lord George Sackville, later Viscount Sackville (d.1785), who was Chief Secretary of Ireland from 1750-55; either could equally well have been in a position to be given or commission such a service. Indeed the plate is possibly part of the set recorded in the collection of Mr. S. G. Stopford Sackville of Drayton House in 1913 and recorded by William Chaffers as early as 1874. Similar wares are found with pseudo Chinese marks and a pair of crested table stands are known with floral sprig marks which were clearly intended for a sophisticated clientele (Peter Francis, ibid., col. pl. 22 and also Michael Archer, Delftware, London, 1997, p. 225, no. 238 for an example in the Victoria & Albert Museum [c.1446-1924]).

    This type of decoration is distinct from contemporary wares made in England and has become synonymous with Henry Delamain's factory. This style of romantic landscape painting reflects a trend in Irish painting of the period for works influenced by Claude Lorrain and his followers. Stylistically it is comparable to Continental faience, particularly French wares from Marseille. This demonstrates Delamain's ambition to produce distinctive wares which match or exceed imports in quality and decoration. Delamain was associated with several important landscape painters of the day, the most noteworthy being Robert Carver and Peter Shee; signed oils by both artists are known and documentary evidence exists linking them directly to the World's End Pottery.

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    Provenance

    Probably presented to Lionel, 1st Duke of Dorset, First Lieutenant of Ireland or his third son, George Sackville, Chief Secretary of Ireland and later Lord Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville.
    Thence by descent to Mr. S. G. Stopford Sackville, Drayton House, Northamptonshire.
    Louis L. Lipski Collection, no. 1317, sold Sotheby's London, 10 March 1981, Part I, lot 219.
    With Jellinek & Sampson, London, 1977.


    Literature

    Peter Francis, Irish Delftware, an Illustrated History, London, 2000, fig. 107.