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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 29

    A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE SHIELD-SHAPED PILL-TILE

    LATE 17TH CENTURY

    Price Realised  

    A LONDON DELFT BLUE AND WHITE SHIELD-SHAPED PILL-TILE
    LATE 17TH CENTURY
    Painted with the arms of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries with unicorn supporters, the motto OPIEFER QVE PERORBEM DICOR (sic.) on a strapwork cartouche below, pierced for hanging, some slight rim chips and glaze flaking to rim, chipping to underside of rim and top point of shield, glaze scratch
    12 1/8 in. (30.8 cm.) high


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    A similar example from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Billington was sold Christie's, London, 27th February 1989, lot 22. An octagonal example of this type is illustrated in Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, London, 2000, p. 460, no. D411. The combination of a shield form with an oval cartouche and a strapwork label is extremely unusual; see J.K. Crellin, Medical Ceramics in the Wellcome Institute, London, 1969, pp. 143-150, Figs. 263-278 and col. pl. 3.

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    Provenance

    Acquired from Jellinek & Sampson Antiques, 26th July 1978.