A PAIR OF TERRACOTTA VASES
No VAT will be charged on the hammer price, but VA… Read more Blashfield's Terracotta Manufactory John Marriott Blashfield had a manufactory in Millwall, Poplar, with a sales outlet at No.1 Praed Street, Paddington, but moved to Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1859. The move to Stamford was partly due to there being a supply of good clay but also cheaper labour. This also brought Blashfield into contact with the Marquis of Exeter, who not only opened the new factory but proved a generous patron, buying models of the Warwick Vase for Burghley House, and also promoting Blashfield's work; presenting a bust of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. The works were bankrupt in 1872, the Marquis was one of those to keep the firm going, as the Stamford Terracotta Company, but only for three more years until closure in 1875.
A PAIR OF TERRACOTTA VASES

BY BLASHFIELD, CIRCA 1870

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A PAIR OF TERRACOTTA VASES
BY BLASHFIELD, CIRCA 1870
With impressed stamps 'BLASHFIELD'S PATENT POTTERY, STAMFORD'
34in. (86.5cm.) high; 20½in. (52cm.) wide (2)
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Lot Essay

The outline of the present vases are clearly inspired by the 'Townley' vase which Blashfield is known to have taken moulds from and produced models for one of his largest commissions: the Castle Ashby Estate of the Marquis of Northampton. The present model varies in having fruiting swags, rather than figures, similar to those on the set of urn finials bordering the Palm House Lake at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
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