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    Sale 7561

    Simon Sainsbury The Creation of an English Arcadia

    18 June 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 266

    A PAIR OF STAFFORDSHIRE CANE-COLOURED EARTHENWARE TWO-HANDLED BASINS AND AN OVIFORM JUG

    CIRCA 1815, POSSIBLY BY ENOCH WOOD AND RETAILED BY GEORGE BULLOCK

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    A PAIR OF STAFFORDSHIRE CANE-COLOURED EARTHENWARE TWO-HANDLED BASINS AND AN OVIFORM JUG
    CIRCA 1815, POSSIBLY BY ENOCH WOOD AND RETAILED BY GEORGE BULLOCK
    The basins of shallow form with angular handles and flat rims with a band of orange berried foliage, the handles and rims edged in iron-red, the shoulder and foot with orange bands, the jug en suite, with angular handle with moulded flowerhead terminal, with shaped top rim edged in iron-red, the jug cracked and with part of lip and top rim restored replacements, slight flaking to enamels
    The basins 13 in. (33 cm.) wide; the jug 10¼ in. (26 cm.) high (3)


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    This Grecian krater-shaped basin, en suite with a ewer, soap dish and toothbrush holder, was designed by the sculptor/cabinet-maker George Bullock (d. 1818) for Napoleon's use at New Longwood House, St. Helena. His design for a related ewer and basin remains in the Howe Papers at the British Museum (British Library, Ad. Mss 20. 222. folio 234). The wreath of laurels, however, within its Etruscan/Pompeian red border was so redolent of the victor that it was deemed highly inappropriate decoration for a 'chamber service' commissioned by George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV for his defeated enemy. As a result of this rejection the basin forms part of one of several 'chamber services complete bordered' supplied to Matthew Robinson Boulton (d. 1842) for Tew Park, Oxfordshire. These were invoiced by Bullock in 1817 at a cost of 3 guineas each.

    As the Times article of 24 October 1815 entitled 'House and Furniture for Buonaparte' revealed:- 'The table services have been provided by Mr Bullock, from the most eminent manufacturers in the Kingdom, and consist of the fairest, though not the most extravagant, specimens of our own proficiency in the various walks of mechanism and art.

    Further pieces from Napoleon's 'Chamber Service' were acquired at Tew by the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside. A related ewer and basin, perhaps supplied to Endsleigh for John, 6th Duke of Bedford was sold in Two Ducal Collections, Woburn Abbey, Christie's House Sale, 21 September 2004, lot 374. Subsequently published by Jonathan Horne, English Pottery 2005, pp. 28-29, no. 05/28, the author refers to two amphorae and an ewer, formerly in the collection of the potter Enoch Wood and sold by a direct descendant, Christie's London, 12 July 1982, lots 119 and 120 (not illustrated), as supporting evidence of a probable Enoch Wood attribution.

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    Provenance

    Acquired by Matthew Robinson Boulton (d.1842) for Great Tew, Oxfordshire in 1817.
    Thence by descent to the late Major Eustace Robb, Great Tew Park, Oxfordshire, sold Christie's house sale, 27-29 May 1987, lots 692 and 696 (part).