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    Sale 2159

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

    21 April 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 102

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE PEACOCK-BLUE VASES AND COVERS, 'CHAPLET DES FLEURS'

    DATE CYPHERS FOR 1888, GILT CROWNED GLOBE AND IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS, RETAILER'S BANNER FOR PHILLIPS, LONDON, SHAPE NO. 2714, INSCRIBED IN GILT SCRIPT LOUIS W. WINANS, FEBRUARY, 1896, BOTH SIGNED L.(OUIS) SOLON

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    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE PEACOCK-BLUE VASES AND COVERS, 'CHAPLET DES FLEURS'
    DATE CYPHERS FOR 1888, GILT CROWNED GLOBE AND IMPRESSED UPPERCASE MARKS, RETAILER'S BANNER FOR PHILLIPS, LONDON, SHAPE NO. 2714, INSCRIBED IN GILT SCRIPT LOUIS W. WINANS, FEBRUARY, 1896, BOTH SIGNED L.(OUIS) SOLON
    Of covered tapering cylindrical form flanked by three angular handles most with theatrical masks suspending foliate arabesques, each body finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with either three scantily draped putti stringing hearts or with three putti bound with floral swags, the neck with kneeling putti, figures blowing trumpets and storks within scroll strapwork, the rims and footrims enriched in gilt
    13 5/8 in. (34.5 cm.) high (4)


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    Solon's Illustrated Journal records the present pair as worked on between the 11th of November and the 11th of December 1889. The margin records a minimum of 28 days of combined labor on 'les vases a trois anses'.

    The present pair of vases was formerly in the collection of Louis Winans of Brighton, England, the son of a Baltimore, Maryland railroad engineer who helped supervise the construction of the first commercial railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow. He was also the one time owner of the legendary 'Agra Diamond' and 'The Golden Drop'. See Christie's, New York, 21 October 2008, lot 17 for another pair of Solon vases from the Winans collection.

    Provenance

    From the Collection of the late Louis W. Winans Esq., Sold by Order of a Descendant, Christie's, London, 27 October 1980, lot 55.
    Dr. and Mrs. L.S. Rakow Collection, No. 109 A&B (paper labels).