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A STAFFORDSHIRE (SAMUEL MALKIN) PRESS-MOLDED SLIPWARE INSCRIBED AND DATED DISH
A STAFFORDSHIRE (SAMUEL MALKIN) PRESS-MOLDED SLIPWARE INSCRIBED AND DATED DISH

1726, BURSLEM

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A STAFFORDSHIRE (SAMUEL MALKIN) PRESS-MOLDED SLIPWARE INSCRIBED AND DATED DISH
1726, BURSLEM
The pale-ochre ground decorated in pale and dark brown slip with a figure of a lady flanked by two angels playing trumpets below the initials SM, surmounting an arched reredos, the center inscribed Remember/Lots Wife/Luke:17:32/1726 within a rectangular cartouche, flanked by lozenges, the border decorated with dark-brown dot ornament, within a tooled and serrated rim
14 in. (35.6 cm.) diameter
Provenance
Mrs. G. D. Goxon; Sotheby's, 26-27 May 1970, lot 15.
With Jonathan Horne, London, 1984.
Literature
Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Catalogue, Vol. I, S13.

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The inscription found here on what appears to be an arched altar screen references the New Testament warning in the book of Luke verse 17 line 32 and reminds us to be obey the word of God or suffer the consequences of Lot's wife, transformation into a pillar of salt.

For a similar example formerly in Louis Solon's collection (sold in the Solon Estate Sale, Hanley, November 1912 and now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, see Bernard Rackham, Catalogue of The Glaisher Collection of Pottery & Porcelain in the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, Woodbridge, 1987, Vol. I, p. 35, no. 201 and pl.18a. For an article by Solon illustrating the dish, see The Coinnoisseur, Vol. II, 1902, p. 80, pl. XX. For an example at Colonial Williamsburg, see Leslie Grigsby, English Slip-Decorated Earthenware at Williamsburg, Virginia, 1993, p. 42 and the cover illustration.

Supportive of the current attribution, fragments have been found at several excavation sites, including Massey Square, Burslem, the location associated with Samuel Malkin's factory, Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Hanley, Stoke-en-Trent, (Archaeology Collection, no. 200P39).

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