A SET OF TEN MINTON MODELS OF THE QUEEN'S BEASTS
A SET OF TEN MINTON MODELS OF THE QUEEN'S BEASTS

1955, GILT PRINTED MARKS

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A SET OF TEN MINTON MODELS OF THE QUEEN'S BEASTS
1955, GILT PRINTED MARKS
Designed by James Woodford OBE RA, comprising: The Lion of England, The Unicorn of Scotland, the White Horse of Hanover, the White Greyhound of Richmond, the Red Dragon of Wales, the Yale of Beaufort, the Falcon of the Plantagenets, the Black Bull of Clarence, the White Lion of Mortimer and the Griffin of Edward III, richly decorated in gold, silver and bright enamels, boxed
5 7/8 in. (15 cm.) high (10)

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Lot Essay

In 1953 James Woodford OBE RA designed ten bone china beasts to surround the base of the Queen's Vase, a piece commissioned by the British Pottery Manufacturer's Federation to commemmorate the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Their design was inspired by the carved stone beasts made for King Henry VIII, located at Hampton Court Palace.

In 1955 Minton produced limited edition sets of the beasts, of which this lot is an example.

For a discussion on the above, and other pieces made by the Minton factory in honour of the Coronation, see Joan Jones, Minton, The First Two Hundred Years of Design and Production (Shrewsbury, 1993), pp. 286-289.
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