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Acquired from Jonathan Horne, 12 May 1999.
CHARGERS AND ITALIAN-INSPIRED WARES
Among the earliest pieces in this collection are those inspired by Italian maiolica, both the oviform jug with grotesques and scrolling foliage in the Italian maiolica style, and the extraordinary 'Sacrifice of Isaac' dish that appears to be loosely based on Italian istoriato painting of the early 16th Century. The boldly painted Adam and Eve chargers (lots 164 and 166) are typically English in their subject matter and interpretation. The successful adoption of chinoiserie design at Christian Wilhelm's factory at Southwark, Pickelherring Quay, illustrates the marriage of Dutch 'birds-on-rocks' painting ultimately derived from a Chinese original by way of Holland. Closest in style to the Dutch 'maiolica' is the polychrome dated dish in 1648, which although with strong Dutch influence this has a nuance of style that this peculiarly English. Of the long series of blue-dash chargers, some have Dutch prototypes, most notably the two tulip chargers and chargers with oak apples and pomegranates among the decoration.
Jonathan Horne, A Collection of Early English Pottery, Part XX, London, 2000, no. 581.
Jonathan Horne, March 2000, Exhibition Catalogue, no. 581.