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    Sale 2124

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 23

    A MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE TWO-TONED BROWN VASE, 'PERFUME'

    DATE CYPHER FOR 1894, GILT CROWNED GLOBE AND IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS AND S, LISTED SHAPE NO. 3180, GILT 3.1.95 V, SIGNED L.(OUIS) SOLON

    Price Realised  

    A MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE TWO-TONED BROWN VASE, 'PERFUME'
    Date cypher for 1894, gilt crowned globe and impressed uppercase marks and S, listed shape no. 3180, gilt 3.1.95 V, signed L.(ouis) Solon
    In the Art Nouveau taste, of spade shape, the flaring cylindrical neck enriched with beaded Pre-Columbian style strapwork, flanked by small ring handles, finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with a chained siren seated on a rocky ledge scenting the heady perfume of a field of lilies, the reverse with the Mintons trademark globe borne aloft and surrounded by birds in flight, raised on an integral strapwork and stiff-leaf tip moulded apron foot
    10 in. (25.4 cm.) high


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    The present vase is one of four completed in October and November 1894. Solon's Illustrated Journal records 'Paire vases "Mexicains.' Vase ci dessus 'Paire - Roses & Thornes.' (sic.). Entered in December of 1894, The Mintons Shape Book records four vases in two pairs, "Perfume" and "Sound"; "Roses" and "Thorns". See the archival image above for a period photograph of the four vases.

    See Christie's, London, 14 November 1966, lot 41, for the vase emblematic of Sight titled 'Roses'. Also compare Masterpieces of Minton, Bonham's, London, 5 October 2004, lot 48 for a pair of this form. For a part service by Alboin Birks incorporating two of these Solon designs and a fifth emblematic of Taste, see The Russell B. Aitken Collection, Christie's, New York, 25 November 2003, lot 361.