• 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 265

    A MINTONS MAJOLICA TURQUOISE-GROUND AMPHORA VASE

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1872, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, MODEL NO. 1014, N AND CYPHER, BLACK PAINTED 2, DESIGNED BY CHRISTOPHER DRESSER

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    A MINTONS MAJOLICA TURQUOISE-GROUND AMPHORA VASE
    DATE CYPHER FOR 1872, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARK, MODEL NO. 1014, N AND CYPHER, BLACK PAINTED 2, DESIGNED BY CHRISTOPHER DRESSER
    In the Chinese taste, the shoulder molded with a lappet band, supported by three scroll arms surmounted by gaping animal masks, all on a foliate base pierced with scrolls and raised on three bracket feet
    35¼ in. (89.5 cm.) high


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    Two vases of this form were displayed in A.B. Daniell & Son's booth at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exhibition, of which this is possibly one (see the steroptic image reproduced above). Christopher Dresser originally designed this 'Chinese bottle' form for the London International Exhibition of 1862. See Joan Jones, Minton, The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production, Shrewsbury, 1993, p. 89 for two drawings of the form attributed to Dresser. Also compare the example sold from a Private collection, Sotheby's, New York, 11 March 1997, lot 293.