'Jeweling' is a refined ceramic technique created by fusing droplets of colored enamel over gold and silver foil to form intricate ornamentation in imitation of rare gems. The technique was employed at Sèvres circa 1778-86 and flourished in the mid-nineteenth century at the august English porcelain firms of Coalport, Derby, Minton and Worcester.
By the end of the nineteenth century, the art of fine 'jeweling' reached a new zenith. Commenting on the production at Coalport, the trade paper Pottery Gazette noted in 1892: "... this ornamentation is exceedingly rich and is shown on a great variety of fancy shapes. For the most part these are quite new models, and some of the tall handled vases are true artistic productions. The imitation of jewelled setting is very perfect, particularly the topaz and pearl." The following year at the Chicago World's Fair, The Columbian Exhibition of 1893, Coalport 'jeweled' wares were described as "astonishing" and the exhibit was awarded the highest prize for the ceramic industries represented.
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION (LOTS 285 - 304)
LATE 19TH/20TH CENTURY, GREEN PRINTED CROWNED MARKS, PATTERN NO. V.3047, PAINTED 16 AND 1893 CHICAGO EXHIBITION MARK; PATTERN NO. V.1977, PAINTED 4 AND RETAILER'S MARK FOR OVINGTON BROTHER'S; PATTERN NO. V. 2079 AND PAINTED 31 TO ONE, RESPECTIVELY
A COALPORT PORCELAIN '1893 EXHIBITION' 'JEWELED' GOLD-GROUND HEART-SHAPED BOX AND COVER, AN EGG-SHAPED BOX AND COVER, AND TWO SCENT-BOTTLES WITH HINGED STOPPERS
Late 19th/20th century, green printed crowned marks, pattern no. V.3047, painted 16 and 1893 Chicago Exhibition mark; pattern no. V.1977, painted 4 and retailer's mark for Ovington Brother's; pattern no. V. 2079 and painted 31 to one, respectively
All with graduated turquoise enamel 'jewels' reserved on a gold-ground interrupted by a band of 'ruby' centered rosettes, both boxes enriched with a central faux-agate 'boss'
5 in. (12.7 cm.) long, the Exhibition box (6)