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    Sale 1940

    19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics

    25 October 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 552

    A PAIR OF MINTONS AESTHETIC MOVEMENT PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE CELADON VASES

    CIRCA 1880, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS AND CYPHER, ONE SIGNED WITH AN LB MONOGRAM FOR LAWRENCE BIRKS

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    A PAIR OF MINTONS AESTHETIC MOVEMENT PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE CELADON VASES
    Circa 1880, impressed uppercase marks and cypher, one signed with an LB monogram for Lawrence Birks
    Each of drum shape, the tall everted cylindrical neck flanked by moulded prunus branch handles in the Japanese taste, the shoulder with a band of key-pattern above a continuous scene painted and hand-tooled in white slip with a large bird of prey perched either on an oak branch or on a pine bough, the flaring foot enriched with textured Chinoiserie lappets
    22½ in. (57.2 cm.) high (2)


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    Lawrence Birks is recorded at the factory from 1872-1895. He is first mentioned in Solon's notebooks in March of 1872 and is thought to complete the trio of assistants as stipulated in Solon's contract of 1871. Birks later went on to establish his own pottery near Minton in the Stoke area.

    For two pair of vases of this rare form (shape no. 1947) see Joan Jones, Minton The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production, Shrewsbury, 1993, p. 102 and p. 104; For one of these also see Elizabeth Aslin and Paul Atterbury, Minton 1798-1910, Exhibition August - October 1976, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 1976, p. 81, pl. 67 fig. L22. Other examples in pâte-sur-pâte are not extant.