• 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 234

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE OLIVE-GREEN AND CHOCOLATE-BROWN VASES

    CIRCA 1878, IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS, LISTED AS SHAPE NO. 1697, THE MODEL DESIGN ATTRIBUTED TO CHRISTOPHER DRESSER, SIGNED WITH A MONOGRAM LB FOR LAWRENCE BIRKS

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE OLIVE-GREEN AND CHOCOLATE-BROWN VASES
    Circa 1878, impressed uppercase marks, listed as shape no. 1697, the model design attributed to Christopher Dresser, signed with a monogram LB for Lawrence Birks
    In the Aesthetic taste, each of cylindrical form with elephant mask and fixed ring handles, finely painted and hand-tooled in white and polychrome slip with birds, butterflies and a dragonfly in flight among iris and fern, the neck and foot gilt with a fret-pattern band interrupted with bosses, raised on a Chinoiserie style pierced stand
    21¾ in. (55.2 cm.) high (2)


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    Lawrence Birks is recorded at the manufactory producing masterworks in pâte-sur-pâte from 1872-1895. For a pair of vases of this form exhibited at the Paris Universelle Exposition, 1878, see J. Joans, Mintons, The First Two Hundred Years of Design & Production, Shrewsbury, 1993, p. 103 and p. 105 for a pair formerly in the Thomas Goode Collection.