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John Marriott Blashfield, remarked in his essay 'Account of the History and Manufacture of Ancient and Modern Terracotta' (1855) that he had been inspired to make a kind of artificial stoneware by seeing the pieces for which Mark Blanchard (see Lot 300) had been awarded prizes at the Great Exhibition of 1851. He had a manufactory in Millwall, Poplar, with a sales outlet at No.1 Praed Street, Paddington, but moved to Stamford, Lincolnshire, in 1859. The move to Stamford was partly due to there being a supply of good clay but also cheaper labour. This also brought Blashfield into contact with the Marquis of Exeter, who not only opened the new factory but proved a generous patron, buying models of the Warwick Vase for Burghley House, and also promoting Blashfield's work; presenting a bust of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. The works were bankrupt in 1872, the Marquis was one of those to keep the firm going, as the Stamford Terracotta Company, but only for three more years until closure in 1875.