British & Continental Ceramics and Glass and Decorative Arts & Design

Dreweatts’ British & Continental Ceramics and Glass and Decorative Arts & Design since 1860 is a good all-rounder,’ said Geoffrey Stafford Charles one of the specialists in charge of the sale. ‘At the moment early ceramics from about 1750-60 are particularly in demand and this sale has some good examples. As always it is important for any ceramics sale to have a strong selection of Meissen, for which there is always a ready market.’

The sale (14 June, Donnington Priory) has several interesting pieces of Staffordshire pottery datable to circa 1760 such as lot 59, which is a redware cylindrical coffee pot and domed cover of Astbury type, sprigged in white with a royal coat of arms, fleurs de lys and stylised floral sprigs (estimate £400-600). The following lot (lot 60) is a square saltglazed stoneware‘scratch blue’ Staffordshire teapot and cover, decorated with birds and four moulded seashells; this is expected to fetch £600-800. Another Staffordshire example is lot 67, a creamware punch-pot and cover of Whielden type, decorated in mottled brown, ochre and grey (estimated £1,000-1,500).

The sale has a good selection of late 19th century Meissen figures such the group of Venus and attendants, emblematic of Water from a series of the The Elements, modelled after the original by JC Schonheit (lot 117, estimate £1,500-2,000).

One of the focal points amongst the glass is an engraved commemorative Seven Years War opaque twist wine glass (lot 164) which was probably made for the Treaty of Paris (1763), which concluded the Seven Years War and marked the beginning of Britain’s rise to become the dominant world maritime power. The ogee bowl is engraved with a medallion of Britannia, a floral sprig on a double-series stem and it is expected to fetch £1,500-2,000.

The Decorative Arts section embraces some interesting George Tinworth pieces; he was the leading light at Doulton’s of Lambeth and lot 232 is a good example of his work. This large stoneware, ovoid vase intricately modelled with parrots, salamanders and general scrolling foliage is unrecorded as an exhibition piece, due to firing cracks. Had this visually arresting lot been perfect, it would fetch £5,000-8,000 however the cracks mean that it has a conservative estimate of £1,200-1,800. Another Tinworth item (lot 233) is ‘A Little of it is all very well’, a rare group of stoneware mice, one playing a piano, another the horn and the third singing. Mice and to a lesser extent frogs, appealed to Tinworth and this group, datable to circa 1890, is estimated at £1,600-1,800.

Peter Grant, best known as the manager of the band Led Zepplin, was also an enthusiastic collector of Art Nouveau and Art Deco. Dreweatts is selling various pieces from his collection including a poster by the iconic French designer Alphonse Mucha. Entitled Job, it shows one of the master’s trademark beautiful women with long flowing hair and this one is smoking a cigarette (lot 358, estimate £2,000-3,000).

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Dreweatts - 06 June 2011