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A STAFFORDSHIRE SLIPWARE INSCRIBED AND DATED DISH BY RALPH TOFT
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A STAFFORDSHIRE SLIPWARE INSCRIBED AND DATED DISH BY RALPH TOFT

1676, PROBABLY HANLEY OR SHELTON

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A STAFFORDSHIRE SLIPWARE INSCRIBED AND DATED DISH BY RALPH TOFT
1676, PROBABLY HANLEY OR SHELTON
The pale-ochre ground decorated in light and dark-brown slip edged in dark-brown with cream slip dot-ornament, the centre with a soldier, his arms raised holding two swords above his head flanked by two stylised flowers, his body by two crowned female heads within a trellis-pattern border, the lower part inscribed RALPH TOFT 1676 within a rectangular cartouche
17½ in. (44.5 cm.) diam.
Provenance
With Frank Partridge, London.
Private Collection, Philadelphia.
Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 15 October 1996, lot 345.
Literature
Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Catalogue, Vol. I, S2.
Ronald G. Cooper, English Slipware Dishes (London, 1984), p. 74, no. 7.
Leslie B. Grigsby, 'Dated English Delftware and Slipware in the Longridge Collection', The Magazine Antiques, Vol. 155, June 1999, cover illustration.
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Lot Essay

For a list of seventeen dishes by Ralph Toft, see Cooper ibid., pp. 74 & 75, and pl. 132 for a similar example dated 1677 in the British Museum, recorded by Wallace Elliot in his papers held in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

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