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Great Britain Gilded Porcelain Vases - RL.0816
Origin: Great Britain
Circa: 1900 AD

Style: Rococo
Medium: porcelain and metal


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This is a pair of Great Britain gilded porcelain vases manufactured by The New Hall Pottery in the early 18th century. The company marks ‘N’s are located on the lids of the vases. The New Hall Pottery was founded in 1777 by Hollins, Keeling, Turner, Warburton, arrives, and Bagnall. The factory suspended operations in 1825 after making both pottery and porcelain. They are an example of the Rococo style as there are curvilinear handles with putti heads on each side of the vases. The Rococo began to make an appearance in England between 1740 and 1750. Young dainty fairies are painted at one side of each vase, with seasonal flowers and fruits. Fairies were commonly featured on Romantic art and Renaissance literature and were especially popular in the United Kingdom during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Artist’s signature could be found at the right bottom.

Putti in the meadows are depicted at the other sides, these mythical little creatures are playing between camellias and daises. The iconography of putti is deliberately unfixed, so that it is difficult to tell the difference between putti, cupids and various forms of angels. They have no unique, immediately identifiable attributes, so that putti may have many meaning and roles in the context of art. They are common to be associated with Aphrodite, the goddess of love, romantic and erotic; sometimes when they are appeared on the religious context, they are associated with heaven, peace, prosperity, mirth and leisure.

These vases are mounted on gilded bronze stands and handles using a gilding technique called “ormolu”, The best ormolu gliders are from in France in the 18th and 19th century, they apply finely ground, high- carat gold-mercury amalgam to bronze objects and for objects finished in this way. True ormolu is gilded by a process whereby powdered gold is mixed with mercury, and the resulting paste is brushed onto the cast form. The whole is then fired at a temperature that causes the mercury to evaporate, leaving a gold deposit on the surface. Finally, the gold is burnished or matted to give the greatest effect of metallic brilliance.

Reference:

Old And Sold Antiques Aution & Marketplace (2019) “Guide To Pottery & Porcelain Marks” http://www.oldandsold.co m/pottery /great britain2.shtml Retrieved 2019-06- 10.

Silver, Carole B. (1999) Strange and Secret Peoples: Fairies and Victorian Consciousness. Oxford University Press. p. 47 ISBN 0-19-512199-6. - (RL.0816)

 

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