21 October 2008,
New York, Rockefeller Plaza
Price Realised USD 62,500
A MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE PEACOCK-BLUE VASE, 'THE ABYSS'
1904, gilt crowned globe mark, listed as shape no. 2810, gilder's 2, signed and dated L.(ouis) Solon 1904
Oviform, the trumpet neck enriched with gilt acanthus and faux fluting above key-pattern, flanked by divided knotted loop handles, the body finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with a maiden among clouds being lifted by two putti as two others direct from above and below, the reverse with a putto kneeling atop a plinth holding a radiant star as three companions below scatter stars from spilling cornucopiae, on a conforming short socle and square base
22½ in. (57.1 cm.) high
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The Mintons Shape Book records an entry for the present vase on January 1904 and lists Solon's time as forty days of labour.
See the archival index on page 58 for a period photograph of the present lot.
Property from the Estate of Wilfred Swall, Sotheby's, 20-23 April 1983, lot 471.