A Bristol delft polychrome water-cistern
A Bristol delft polychrome water-cistern

CIRCA 1725, RED A MARK TO UNDERSIDE, INCISED 14 TO REVERSE

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A Bristol delft polychrome water-cistern
Circa 1725, red A mark to underside, incised 14 to reverse
Of baluster form with flat back, painted in blue, yellow, green and red with peacocks perched on rockwork and insects and birds in flight and perched in flowering shrubs, below a moulded border at the rim with a band of red and green hatch ornament, the lower part moulded in relief with a horned satyr's mask, the mouth formed as a pierced aperture, the upper part pierced for suspension at the back (restoration and cracks to upper part, restoration to footrim and mouth of mask, areas of flaking to glaze of mask)
12 in. (31.8 cm.) high
Sale room notice
This object dates to 1705 and not 1725, as stated in the catalogue

Lot Essay

There would appear to be no similar English delft polychrome cisterns recorded in the literature. The decoration, however, is broadly similar in style and palette to a conical chocolate-pot of 1705, illustrated by Louis L. Lipski and Michael Archer, Dated English Delftware (1984), p. 345, no. 1529, now in the Robert Hall Warren Collection, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; a jug of 1709 illustrated by John C. Austin, British Delft at Williamsburg (1994), p. 73, no. 25 and a flowerpot from the Gower Collection also at Williamsburg, see ibid., p. 256, no. 611.
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