TWO DOULTON LAMBETH STONEWARE POST FINIALS BY GILBERT BAYES
TWO DOULTON LAMBETH STONEWARE POST FINIALS BY GILBERT BAYES
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TWO DOULTON LAMBETH STONEWARE POST FINIALS BY GILBERT BAYES

CIRCA 1931-38, BOTH SIGNED 'GILBERT BAYES' TO THE SIDE OF THE BASE, ONE DATED '1932', THE OTHER WITH INDISTINCT DATE

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TWO DOULTON LAMBETH STONEWARE POST FINIALS BY GILBERT BAYES
CIRCA 1931-38, BOTH SIGNED 'GILBERT BAYES' TO THE SIDE OF THE BASE, ONE DATED '1932', THE OTHER WITH INDISTINCT DATE
One modelled as a draper, the other as a tailor, each holding a pair of scissors and seated on a column, glazed in green, brown, blues and white, on black-painted wood square bases
Draper: 22 in. (55.9 cm.) high including base
Tailor: 20 3/8 in. (51.7 cm.) high including base
Literature
M. Hamnett, ‘The Albert Dawson Collection: a Handley-Read Legacy’, The Journal of the Decorative Arts Society 1850 - the Present, 2016, vol. 40, p. 104, fig. 13.
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Lot Essay


Gilbert William Bayes (1872-1953) was a renowned sculptor, forming part of the 'New Sculpture' movement. He was also celebrated for his ceramic architectural sculpture, perhaps most notably the magnificent frieze he created for Royal Doulton, which formed the centrepiece of their art deco London headquarters, which stood on the south bank of the Thames from 1939-1978. Following the sad loss of the building the frieze entered the collection of The Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

The figures in this and the preceding two lots were designed by Bayes as washing line post finials for new social housing developments built by the St. Pancras Housing Association during the 1930s as slums were cleared to the north of Euston Square. Bayes often took inspiration for his models from popular nursery rhymes and fiarytales which he hoped would have a broad appeal making his work more accessible. A small number of these figures were also commercially produced and sold as garden ornaments, however, given the evidence of mounting to the underside of the figures offered here it seems likely that they were used as originally intended. See other works by Bayes, lots 78 & 79.

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