'The Cardinal'; a pottery bust by John ...

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9150

A superb, and rare, artwork by John Fortnum, with a very powerful presence, it is pottery, but simulating charred wood...as if the bust had been rescued from a fire, but had been subject to great heat. It is, in appearance, timeless; it could date from the Italian Renaissance and be of wood, perhaps once painted; it could be, as it is, 33 years old...it moves effortlessly through a 600 year time span. It is a free standing 'trompe l'oeil' in that it hides its true material and presents us with a wide range of perceptions.
This is a very evocative sculpture which can inspire many messages … on art, survival, religion, life, apparent damage as enhancement....truly a very thought provoking item, as well as being a glorious sculpture.

Signed and dated '86; this is number 7 of a limited edition of 8. How many others have survived the last 33 years is not known.
"My Sculpture can be seen in some of the wildest landscapes in Britain, from the North Atlantic seascapes of the Orkney Isles to the North York Moors, where I have used the wind, rain, and oxidation as natural elements in Landscape sculpture. In my smaller more intimate sculptures the human body, with its architectural and structural aspects, is an underlying theme. I am fascinated by the alchemy of heat on materials. I enjoy using different materials and experimenting with a wide range of sculptural possibilities." John Fortnum, born 1945.
SIZE: 25.5 inches tall, 20 inches wide, 12 inches deep.
PROVENANCE: London Private Collection.
£845

Delft charger, 18th century.

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9148

A handsome hand-painted Delft charger c.1770, very much influenced by Chinese porcelain patterns. As is common with this material the edges of the plate are chipped and it has been broken in half and glued.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Gloucestershire private collection.
£105

Portrait Bust of Sappho c.1900 by HL ...

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lyric

A superb and rare terracotta Art Nouveau portrait bust of Sappho, the famous Ancient Greek poetess, sculpted by HL Blasche. There are plaster versions of this sculpture, but the terracotta ones are most uncommon.
Sappho was greatly loved for her personification of love and affection, and her creativity. Her poetry was so rhythmical, usually accompanied by music and dance, that it gained the reputation for being the Divine Inspiration of the Muses.
She was born on the Aegean island of Lesbos

about 615 BC. To the Greeks Homer was the Poet and Sappho was the Poetess. Plato called her The Tenth Muse.
Those who know the language of ancient Greece have long ago convinced us that much of the beauty of Greek lyric verse is lost in English translation.
The Greeks' appreciation of the poetry of Sappho gave her the recognition as one of the greatest of women poets and the greatest of all lyric poets.
She was married and the mother of a child but her poetry reveals her sexual attraction to women. Our English word for sexual love between women is derived from Lesbos the name of the island where Sappho lived. Her imagery and the intensity of her poetry transcends sexual reference; it is poetry lifted to an ethereal plain. It is said that Sappho's use of every word has a perfection and inimitable grace.
This bust, 24 inches tall, beautifully sculpted and painted, was made by Reps & Trinte of Magdeburg, Saxony in c. 1900. It bears their pre 1910 mark; 'R & T Mgdbg Gesetzl Geschibz'.
The company was founded by Carl Reps in 1889 and made artworks in terracotta, marble and bronze. They exhibited at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.

SIZE: 24 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: In a Yorkshire Private collection since 1973.
£4,500

Delft charger c.1760.

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A well painted tin-glazed and attractive Delft charger, c.1760, probably Lambeth.
As is usual with delftware there are minor frittings to the rim; a hair-crack running around the bowl has been secured with handmade rivets. This was a skilled task and shows that at the time of the repair the charger was highly valued.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Yorkshire private collection for the last 45 years.
£135

Bristol delft bianco supra bianco plate c.1760-70 ...

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9180

A rare large , multicoloured, Bristol delft plate, with scalloped edge, the centre delicately painted with a lakeside scene and two figures conversing. This is the highly fashionable Chinoiserie taste which swept the country at this time. Bianco supra bianco was probably introduced into England by Magnus Lundburg, an artisan from the Rorstrand factory in Sweden, in the 1750s, who was likely employed at the Redcliff Back Pottery in Bristol.
As is usual with delftware there are some nibbles to the edge.
SIZE: 12 inches diameter.
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Sir William Whitfield CBE, St Helen Hall, County Durham. (Image 4)
£298

Bristol delft c1750

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9181

A quite rare Bristol delft ‘bianco supra bianco’ scalloped edge dish, c.1750, in the fashionable Chinoiserie style; beautiful delicate brushwork. As usual with 18th century delftware there are some small ‘nibbles’ to the edge and a couple of kiln marks from its manufacture. A nice quality touch is that even the underside is decorated.
SIZE: 9 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Sir William Whitfield CBE, St Helen Hall, County Durham. (Image 4)
£148

Dutch Delft charger, 18th century.

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9147

A handsome hand-painted Dutch Delft charger c.1770, very much influenced by Chinese porcelain patterns. As is usual with this material the edges of the plate are chipped.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Gloucestershire private collection.
SOLD

Bristol delft bowl c.1760.

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9179

A unusual and attractive Bristol delft shallow bowl (or dish) c.1760, painted with a Chinoiserie river scene in shades of blue, manganese and green.
In excellent condition with only slight 'nibbles' to the rim.
SIZE: 8.75 inches diameter; 1.75 inches tall.
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Sir William Whitfield CBE, St Helen Hall, County Durham. (Image 4)
SOLD

Classically decorated vase c. 1850

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8053

An interesting and unsigned unglazed pottery vase bearing a Classical relief, mid 19th c.
13.5 inches tall, in good condition.

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SOLD

Delft charger, 18th century.

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9149

A very attractive hand-painted Delft charger, probably Bristol c.1760, some typical slight fritting to the rim. As can be seen in Image 3 the plate has been broken and then repaired using rivets; this was a skilled task and shows that at the time of the repair the charger was highly valued.
13.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: Gloucestershire private collection.
SOLD

Bristol Delft charger c.1750-70

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A rare and beautiful Delft charger in the Chinoiserie taste, painted by the famous pottery artist John Bowen, or one of his pupils. Bowen co-owned a pottery with Richard Frank at Redcliff Back, Bristol 1750-1770. There is an identical charger in the collection of The Krannert Art Museum, Illinois, USA.
Although it was broken into three pieces in the past, it is secure, albeit mended with rivets, glue, plaster tape and masking tape!
Verso: two old labels 'Bristol c1760-70', and a much older one with the price '£1/1/-' … a guinea.

SIZE: 13 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: a private collection for the last 45 years.
SOLD

Bristol delft charger c.1760

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9177

A good quality delft charger or large dished plate, c.1760, Bristol, painted in the highly fashionable Chinoiserie manner. As usual with delftware there is minor fritting to the edges.
SIZE: 14.5 inches in diameter.
PROVENANCE: The Collection of Sir William Whitfield CBE, St. Helen Hall, County Durham. (see image 5)
SOLD