AN ENGLISH PRESS-MOULDED SLIPWARE DATED SAINT GEORGE DISH
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AN ENGLISH PRESS-MOULDED SLIPWARE DATED SAINT GEORGE DISH

1730, PROBABLY SAMUEL MALKIN

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AN ENGLISH PRESS-MOULDED SLIPWARE DATED SAINT GEORGE DISH
1730, PROBABLY SAMUEL MALKIN
The press-moulded outlines filled with dark-brown slip on a cream-coloured ground, with an equestrian portrait of the Saint above three oak leaves issuing from a mound, to the left a roundel inscribed St/George/1730, the roundel and the border of the dish with dark-brown dot-ornament, within a serrated rim, the underside decorated with circular indentations (cracks to rim)
14 in. (35.6 cm.) diam.
Literature
Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Catalogue, Vol. I, S15.
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Lot Essay

See the related dish initialled SM from the Longridge Collection, sold Christie's, London, 10-11 June 2010, lot 1130. A dish in the collection of the National Museums, Liverpool, presented by Joseph Mayer in 1878 is almost identical to the present dish and even has similar indentations to the reverse, see John Eliot and Edith Hodgkin, Examples of Early English Pottery Named, Dated and Inscribed, London, 1903, no. 125 (accession no. 9.5.78.4). See also the slipware royal equestrian dish of George I, formerly in the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Dorset, sold anonymously at Christie's, London, 8 November 1999, lot 4. This dish was attributed to Samuel Malkin and was made using a similar mould to the present lot.

Samuel Malkin is recorded as a potter at Burslem, although recent excavations at Lazencroft Manor, east of Leeds, by Leeds Archeological Fieldwork Society, have uncovered various shards of pottery including fragments of moulded inscriptions similar to those attributed to Samuel Malkin. Similar shards were also uncovered at Massey Square, Burslem. Parish records list Samuel and his brother Thomas Malkin as potters living one kilometre from Lazencroft in 1744 and 1745. For a full discussion of this excavation see Tony Lonton, 'William Gough's Brown Moor Pottery, near Leeds 1739-77', The Northern Ceramic Society Newsletter, no. 161, March 2011, pp. 8-18.

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