• 19th Century Furniture, Sculpt auction at Christies

    Sale 2210

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art & Ceramics

    20 October 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 280

    A LARGE MINTONS MAJOLICA 'STORK' FOUNTAIN BASIN

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1874, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, MODEL NO. 894 AND N

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    A LARGE MINTONS MAJOLICA 'STORK' FOUNTAIN BASIN
    DATE CYPHER FOR 1874, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, MODEL NO. 894 AND N
    Modeled as a large stork or heron standing among cala lilies and bulrushes, supporting a large shell basin on its outstretched wings, all on a lily-pad and lotus mound base
    33¾ in. (85.7 cm.) high


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    This form was originally conceived as part of the grand 'St. George and the Dragon' fountain created by Minton for the 1862 London Exhibition. The fountain stood an impressive 36 feet high and had four of these 'stork' basins surmounted by either nereids or tritons at its base. See The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue of the International Exhibition 1862, London, p. 209. Another including the majolica ornamentation is located in the British Royal Collection, in the Royal Dairy at the Model Farms at Frogmore. The dairy's interior was designed by John Thomas in collaboration with Prince Albert. See M.G. Karmason and J.B. Stacke, Majolica, A Complete History and Illustrated Survey, New York, 1989, p. 216 for an illustration. Also see D. Corbin, 'A Most Exquisite Display, European Ceramics at the Centennial Exhibition', The Decorative Arts Society Journal, 2006, p. 24 for an illustration of A.B. Daniell & Sons display of majolica at the Philadelphia Exhibition of 1876. The present form is illustrated at the left of the image and is likely documentary provenance for the present lot.

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    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ROSALIE WISE SHARP


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