England, c1770-75

An Early 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


There is a similar depiction of this pattern attributed to Seth Pennington. It is much stiffer, with a barren linear tree (shown below). 

This type of border occasionally appeared on wares by Seth Pennington, and John & Jane Pennington. 

A small 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 nick


5” Diameter






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The interior rim chip and glaze hairline shown above at 10:00 & 10:30.




Left : A "Smoker's Valet" example from the V&A, attributed to Seth Pennington, or to John Pennington.

Right : "Mistress & Maid" pattern, c1775, with similar (but not identical) border, attributed to John & Jane Pennington.



A similar coffee can in "The Smoker's Valet", "probably Liverpool, circa 1770",

with interior iron red line and circle border - but without scalloped exterior rim border.



Good Liverpool Molded Sauceboat, Possibly James Pennington, c1765





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Liverpool Polychrome "Smoker's Valet" Waste Bowl, Probably Penningtons, England, c1770-5