26 October 2004
A PAIR OF COALPORT COBALT-BLUE AND YELLOW GROUND VASES AND COVERS, 'THE BLACK BIRD' AND 'THE FISHER GIRL'S'
GREEN PRINTED CROWNED MARKS TO THE COVERS AND BASES, REGISTRY NO. 304606, GILT RETAILER'S MARKS FOR TIFFANY & CO., NEW YORK, GILT PATTERN NO. V.6936 L/S. 156, PAINTED 22, SIGNED AND DATED T.(OM) KEELING (19)02
Of shield-shape with gilt upright angular foliate handles, finely painted with Victorian scenes of a mother and daughter, titled on the underside, within a two-toned raised gilt cartouche, the reverse with trophies emblematic of fishing and gardening, the neck and stepped circular foot enriched with foliate sprays
21¼ in. (54 cm.) high (4)
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See Geoffrey Godden, Coalport & Coalbrookdale Porcelains, New York, 1970, p. 115 where the author notes, 'The finest example of Coalport ceramic paintings I have ever seen was by Tom Keeling.'
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