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Earthenware jardinière, cast, glazed all over in a bright turquoise blue alkaline copper glaze over-printed in black with decoration of floral scrolls on the body and stylised floral motifs on the neck, rim and shoulder. The handles and feet with relief decoration. Two horizontal side handles, each held by 'straps' with masks, and three feet with Chinese-style dragon heads in high relief. Factory marks on underside.
- Production date
1878 (Minton date code)
1874 (designed before)
Height: 510 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- The shape is inspired by Chinese incense burners, probably cloisonné enamel examples of the 16th-18th century, given the blue glaze and the floral decoration, rather than ancient bronzes. Black underglaze painting with turquoise blue glaze also occurs in Chinese porcelain of the 16th-17th century, and in Persian pottery of the 12th century, see for example Bonham's London, 19 April 2016, lot 68, with similar floral scroll design.
For a bronze example in the Museum, dating to 1738, see Asia 1926,0318.1 (displayed in North Entrance, 2006)
Another version of this jardinière, with the date code for 1874, was sold at Christie's South Kensington, 17 November 1998, lot 95 (col. pl. 6). See also Joan Jones, 'Minton. The first two hundred years', Shrewsbury 1993, p. 108, fig. 3/59, for a pair of similar jardinières. This shape, no. 1630, is described in the Minton's Ornamental Shape Books as: 'Vase, loop handles, mask head and paw feet (M)'. The letter M in brackets indicates that the shape was given a majolica glaze (see Joan Jones, 'Minton', Shrewsbury 1993, p. 354).'Majolica' was the name given to relief-moulded eathenwares. Minton's bright turquoise glaze was known as 'Royal Persian'. It was especially favoured for Chinese style majolicas, see Jones, 'Minton', op cit., p. 101, for a double vase of 1873.
Minton made a number of large jardinières with ring handles in the Chinese taste. Several are illustrated in the Mintons majolica catalogue of the 1880s (see P. Atterbury and M. Batkin, 'The Dictionary of Minton', Woodbridge 1990, p. 329), but not this particular model. A related design with dragon handles bears the shape number 1620.
- Not on display
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- Acquisition notes
- Offered as a gift by Paul Walter during visit to him in New York made by J. Rudoe in July 2004.
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