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    Sale 2124

    Minton Pâte-sur-Pâte Masterworks from a Distinguished Private Collection

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 6

    A MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE BLACK AND CHOCOLATE-BROWN VASE ON STAND, 'L'AMOUR BRISANT LES BARRIERES'

    1877, LISTED AS SHAPE NO. 1653, SIGNED AND DATED L.(OUIS) SOLON 77

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    A MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE BLACK AND CHOCOLATE-BROWN VASE ON STAND, 'L'AMOUR BRISANT LES BARRIERES'
    1877, listed as shape no. 1653, signed and dated L.(ouis) Solon 77
    Of baluster form, the flaring neck decorated in coloured slip with mosaic and scale pattern scrolls curling back to reveal bearded masks and overlaid with fruiting branches, flanked by tubular handles, the body finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with a continuous frieze of an amorous couple with shackled wrists holding hands, flanked by putti constructing steps as bound companion figures gaze towards the central couple, the reverse with putti building a dais, the foreground with the tools of their labour, the lower body decorated en suite with anthemion and rosettes, raised on an ebonized wood base and held in place with four porcelain claws
    21¾ in. (55.2 cm.) high, including the period wood stand (2)


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    Solon's Illustrated Journal records the present vase as completed between the 11th of November 1876 and the 11th of January 1877. Birks is listed as assisting with the ornamentation.

    See Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration 1849-1992, Essex, 1992, p. 133 for a photographic portrait of Solon at work on a vase of this form. Compare Christie's, New York, 16 October 2004, lot 121 for a pair emblematic of Fire and Water. Also see Christie's, New York, 25 October 2007, lot 548 for a vase of the same form titled 'Ronde', the central work for the 1871 London International Exhibition. Where the exhibition vase celebrates the union of husband and wife, the present vase explores the bonds of love.

    See the archival index on page 58 for a period photograph of the present lot, the margin inscribed, 'Cupid's Raising Fences and putting them down'. For comparison the following page reproduces an engraving of the vase 'Ronde' from the Art-Journal Catalogue of The International Exhibition 1871, London.

    Provenance

    Property from the Estate of Wilfred Swall, Sotheby's, New York, 4 & 5 November 1983, lot 5.