M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
LIVERPOOL POLYCHROME WASTE BOWL
Version of “The Smoker’s Valet”
The exterior painted in underglaze blue, and iron
red, turquoise, puce, black and yellow enamels with two Chinese
figures in a garden setting, one seated on a bench smoking a long
pipe beside a leafy iron red tree, all beneath a scalloped
underglaze blue border with enamel overglaze roe diapering connected
by wrigglework, the interior with a distinctive iron red double line
and conjoined circle border above a floral spray
a similar depiction of this pattern attributed to Seth
Pennington. It is much stiffer, with a barren linear tree (shown
type of border occasionally appeared on wares by Seth Pennington,
and John & Jane Pennington.
coffee can with this pattern and interior border is known, but
without the scalloped exterior border (also shown below).
Provenance : Paper collection label for
Geddes-Brown (J. Geddes Brown, York). This label originally
attributed the bowl to Lowestoft. “Lowestoft” has now been scratched
through (see image below).
The porcelain of J. Geddes Brown is
included in Fine English and Welsh Porcelain, Christie,
Manson & Woods, 1967
Condition : a faint rim tight hairline (to the interior only) and an
interior rim chip and glaze hairline shown above at 10:00 & 10:30.
"Smoker's Valet" example from the V&A, attributed to Seth Pennington, or to
: "Mistress & Maid" pattern, c1775, with similar (but not identical) border,
attributed to John & Jane Pennington.
similar coffee can in "The Smoker's Valet", "probably Liverpool, circa
interior iron red line and circle border - but without scalloped exterior
Good Liverpool Molded Sauceboat, Possibly
James Pennington, c1765
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