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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 24

    A LONDON DELFT WHITE OVAL FECUNDITY DISH

    CIRCA 1650, SOUTHWARK OR PERHAPS ROTHERHITHE

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    A LONDON DELFT WHITE OVAL FECUNDITY DISH
    CIRCA 1650, SOUTHWARK OR PERHAPS ROTHERHITHE
    The moulded body after an original by Bernard Palissy with a naked lady surrounded by putti on a draped couch, the border moulded with oval and circular depressions flanked by human masks and baskets of fruit, damage and repair at 10 and 11 o'clock, two cracks to border at 2 and 4 o'clock, chips and glaze flaking to rims and raised points
    18¼ in. (46.5 cm.) wide


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    The allegory of Fecundity was almost certainly taken from a metal original used by Palissy and his successors in France. The English tin-glazed examples range in date from 1633 to 1697. The only two relevant fragments of this form were found on a Rotherhithe site. However an example at Colonial Williamsburg, dated 1661, has the initials of Richard Newman and his wife Elizabeth, who was manager at Pickleherring, Southwark. For a discussion of this type see Michael Archer, Delftware the the British Isles, a Catalogue of the Collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum (London, 1997), pp. 109-112, nos. A. 61 and A. 62.

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    Provenance

    The John Philip Kassebaum Collection, sold Sotheby's London, 7 October 1992, log 22.
    Acquired from Alistair Sampson, London, 8 October 1992.