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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Antique Vauxhall Porcelain Figure of the Season Autumn Modelled as a Grape Vendor, Circa 1756-60."
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This type of figure had until recently been attributed to Longton Hall.
Price includes delivery to UK.
Bradshaw, Peter. 18th Century English Porcelain Figures: 1745-1795. The Antique Collectors' Club, England, UK. 1981.
Colour Plate S illustrates a figure in similar position; Plate 140 shows a female fruit seller.
Watney, Bernard. Longton Hall Porcelain. Faber and Faber, 24 Russell Square, London, England, UK. 1942.
Plate 37A illustrates a flower-seller in a similar positioning.
See: For a discussion of Vauxhall see page 6 of LONDONS ROLE IN THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH PORCELAIN , by James Sewell, O.B.E., M.A., F.S.A., 15 October 2007.
The most significant of the lesser factories was Vauxhall. At the beginning of this
paper, I have already alluded to the South Bank as an important area of ceramic
production. In 1743 an earthenware potter named John Sanders established a factory
in Glasshouse Street and a soapstone licence was taken out by him and Nicholas Crisp
in 1751. Crisp was a freeman of the Haberdasbers Company, but traded in the City as
a jeweller with a shop in St. Pauls Churchyard. The Glasshouse Street premises were
expanded in the same year and it seems likely that porcelain production must have
commenced about this time, although it appears it was not until May 1753 that a
strong and useful Manufacture of Porcelaine ware made there of English Materials
was advertised. Crisps financial difficulties elsewhere led to difficulties for the
business in the next decade and a 1764 sale of the factorys stock mentions curious
Figures, all Sorts of ornamental Toys, Knife-handles, and variety of all Kinds of
useful Sorts, etc.. With this and other information it now seems strange that Vauxhall
porcelain went unrecognised as such for many years. A group of figures was
classified as Longton Hall, an early Staffordshire factory, and many other wares were
grouped together and provisionally attributed to the Liverpool factory of William
Ball. Archaeological excavation, however, has finally established a Vauxhall
provenance and we now know that it produced a very wide range of goods, including
vases, figures, mortars, flowerpots, candlesticks and over twenty different sauceboat
designs. Crisp later attempted to re-establish his factory at Bovey Tracey in Devon but
it appears that very little porcelain was made there. The venture did, however, have
some lasting significance as William Cookworthy, proprietor of the Plymouth factory,
employed three workmen from Bovey Tracey in December 1767 and it is likely that
they had originally worked at Vauxhall.
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