• 500 Years: Decorative Arts Eur auction at Christies

    Sale 2203

    500 Years: Decorative Arts Europe Including Carpets from The Corcoran Gallery of Art

    24 November 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 356

    A GARNITURE OF THREE MINTON PORCELAIN FLOWER-ENCRUSTED TOPOGRAPHICAL VASES AND COVERS

    MID 19TH CENTURY, ALL THREE WITH BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS

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    A GARNITURE OF THREE MINTON PORCELAIN FLOWER-ENCRUSTED TOPOGRAPHICAL VASES AND COVERS
    MID 19TH CENTURY, ALL THREE WITH BLUE CROSSED SWORDS MARKS
    Each globular with branch handles splitting into trailing flowering vines as terminals and framing the topographical scenes painted on the front of Conisborough Castle, Pres' Meilleure and Dryburgh, Abbey, each named below within a scroll cartouche, and the loose bouquets on the back, gilt scrolls and lowers edging the shoulder and cover rim
    13 in. (33 cm.) wide overall, the central vase; 11 in. (28 cm.) wide overall, the pair of pendant vases (6)


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    Of the scenes painted on the present garniture, the first is near Doncaster and popularized by Ivanhoe; the second is in Haute-Savoy France; and the Third is on the River Tweed and famed as Sir Walter Scotts burial site.

    See Geoffrey A. Godden, Coalport and Coalbrookdale Porcelains, New York, 1970, fig. 234c for a design for the present forms as found in the Minton pattern books, here described as Minton designs often mistaken for Coalport porcelain.