Bow Porcelain Seashell Form Sweetmeats or Salts,
The pair of Bow porcelain sweetmeats are painted in underglaze blue and white and are in the form of a scallop shell raised on a white porcelain base of shell and corals.
Dimensions: Height 3 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches deep
Mark: one with underglaze blue line to base.
Reference: A fragment of the base of a similar salt was excavated on the factory site in 1867. The Bow invoice of 1749 in the Bute archives mentions "3 pair shell salts ...£1 1s 0d". The bills refer to items of Bow bought by Lord Dumfries for Dumfries House where the porcelain still remains and provides a valuable aid to dating.
British Ceramics, 1675-1825, The Mint Museum, Brian Gallagher, Diana Edwards, Pat Halfpenny, Maurice Hills and Margaret Ferris Zimmermann, Page 188, No 120 for an identical example ( Museum Ref 1965.48.112).
R. Wise Sharp, China to Light up a House, p. 27 for a similar pair with applied shells to the shell dish.
Condition: one with a chip at the front rim; the second with a hairline on the rim and a star-crack to the base of interior (see photos)
|Dealer||Earle D. Vandekar of Knightsbridge, Inc.|
|Measurements||Height 3 1/2 inches x 4 1/4 inches wide x 3 1/2 inches deep|
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|Contact||Paul Vandekar, 212-308-2022 or email@example.com|