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    Sale 2124

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

    21 October 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 24

    A PAIR OF MINTONS PEACOCK-BLUE PATE-SUR-PATE VASES AND COVERS

    CIRCA 1900-1910, GILT CROWNED GLOBE MARKS, IMPRESSED SHAPE NO. 2449 AND VARIOUS CYPHERS, GILDER'S K AND INTERLACED C MONOGRAM, BASED ON DESIGNS BY L. SOLON, BOTH SIGNED A(LBOIN) BIRKS

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    A PAIR OF MINTONS PEACOCK-BLUE PATE-SUR-PATE VASES AND COVERS
    Circa 1900-1910, gilt crowned globe marks, impressed shape no. 2449 and various cyphers, gilder's K and interlaced C monogram, based on designs by L. Solon, both signed A(lboin) Birks
    Of shield shape with spiral-fluted neck and socle, the shoulder flanked by pendant gilt wreath and lug handles, each painted and hand-tooled in white slip with a nymph seated on a columnar plinth either playing a tambourine or tending a brazier as putti gather and fly, the reverse respectively decorated with putti being scorched by a torch or in flight about a beehive, on a conforming socle and square base
    14 in. (35.5 cm.) high (4)


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    See Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration, 1849-1992, London, 1992, p. 115 for a pair of plaques by Solon, titled 'Papillons' (butterflies) and 'Abeilles' (bees) as possible inspiration for the present work.

    For further documentation see the archival index on page 58 for a period photograph of a plaque by Solon depicting a nymph tending a brazier.