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    Sale 2124

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 4

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE DOVE-GREY VASES, 'CERCEAUX'

    DATED 1875, GILT CROWNED GLOBE MARKS, LISTED AS SHAPE NO. 1937, SIGNED EITHER L.(OUIS) SOLON OR WITH AN MLS MONOGRAM

    Price Realised  

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PATE-SUR-PATE DOVE-GREY VASES, 'CERCEAUX'
    Dated 1875, gilt crowned globe marks, listed as shape no. 1937, signed either L.(ouis) Solon or with an MLS monogram
    Of baluster form, the trumpet neck with a beaded collar, flanked by gilt enriched rope-twist handles with bearded Bacchic head terminals, each finely painted and hand-tooled in white slip with classical companion figures holding hoops, he with a cockerel perched on his left hand; she with arms open wide in a stance of surprise, above a key-pattern band, the reverse with opposing theatrical masks emblematic of Comedy and Tragedy suspended from ribbon-tied bows entwined with trailing vine, on a stepped flaring foot
    16 in. (40.5 cm.) high (2)


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    Solon's Illustrated Journal records the present pair, 'Cerceaux', as completed between the 11th of November 1874 and the 11th of January 1875. The margin notes refer to Thomas Mellor assisting with the ornament and Henry Hollins working on the theatrical heads on the verso. Their labour combined with Solon's totals in excess of 36 days. Please see the note to the preceding lot.

    Also see the archival index on page 58 for a period photograph of the present lot.