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    Sale 5922

    Christie's Interiors - Style & Spirit

    24 February 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 229

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE CREAM-GROUND VASES AND COVERS

    DATE CODES FOR 1902, GILT AND IMPRESSED MARKS, SHAPE 1013, AB MONOGRAMS

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE CREAM-GROUND VASES AND COVERS
    DATE CODES FOR 1902, GILT AND IMPRESSED MARKS, SHAPE 1013, AB MONOGRAMS
    Each decorated by Alboin Birks, one with a maiden wearing loose flowing drapes, emptying a basket of flowers over winged putto, another putto scampering off, to the other with the maiden holding flower sprays with two putti beside her within a celadon-ground shaped panel, monogrammed, a circular panel with musical instruments to the reverse, and a blue ground band between, the richly-gilt ring handles issuing ribbons
    16½ in. (42 cm.) high (4)


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    Pâte-sur-pâte is the name given to describe the elaborate and expensive method of decorating porcelain in which thin coats of white slip are built up to create a translucent cameo-like image. The technique was developed at Sèvres in the late 1840s, where it was perfected by Marc-Louis Solon, whose magnificent and sumptuous designs are unanimously celebrated as the finest. Solon joined Minton in 1870, and pâte-sur-pâte was quickly established as one of the most distinguished styles of pottery decoration of the 19th century.

    The decorator of these vases, Alboin Birks, was apprenticed to Solon at Minton in about 1877.

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