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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 61

    A LARGE PAIR OF REGENCY BLUE-JOHN VASES

    CIRCA 1810

    Price Realised  

    A LARGE PAIR OF REGENCY BLUE-JOHN VASES
    CIRCA 1810
    Each with everted lip and gadrooned body on a later square slate base
    Each 10½ in. (27 cm.) high; 6 in. (15 cm.) diameter (2)


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    This mantelpiece-garniture of plinth-supported urns are of festive wine-krater form enriched with 'Pan' reed-gadroons. A drawing for a closely related urn features in Messrs Boulton and Fothergill's Pattern Book (N. Goodison, Ormolu: The Work of Matthew Boulton, London, 1974, fig. 161, no. L).

    Bluejohn, a rare fluorspar deposit from the Castleton area of Derbyshire has been prized since Roman times. However, it was only mined in quantity when the neighbouring spa town of Buxton became fashionable in the mid-18th Century and an industry developed to supply objects to the affluent visitors. The Bluejohn stone was exported in the late 18th Century to France for luxurious objects and its name is a corruption of their appellation 'bleu jaune'.

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