Jonathan Horne, London, March, 1991 Vogel Collection no. 546
Jonathan Horne, A Collection of Early English Pottery, London, Part XI, Cat. no. 293 Sarah Fayen Scarlett, 'The Chinese Scholar Pattern: Style, Merchant Identity, and the English Imagination', Ceramics in America, 2011, fig. 3.
The form was based on contemporary metalwork and very few examples in bleu persan Delftware appear to be recorded in the literature. A near identical plate is illustrated by Michael Archer and Brian Morgan, Fair as China Dishes English Delftware from the Collection of Mrs. Marion Morgan and Brian Morgan, Washington D.C., 1977, p. 41, no. 19, col. pl. II, sold, Property of Mrs. Marion Morgan and Mr Brian Morgan, Sotheby's London, March 25, 1980, lot 16. A second example with a slightly different border pattern was in the Longridge Collection, published Leslie B. Grigsby, The Longridge Collection of English Slipware and Delftware, London, 2000, Vol. 2, pp. 142-143, D108; formerly in the Collections of John Philip Kassebaum, sold, Sotheby's, London, October 1, 1991, lot 47; and Louis L. Lipski, sold, Sotheby's, London, March 10, 1981, lot 28. A third was sold, Sotheby's, London, April 21, 1998, lot 136.
There is a chip to one corner located at 1 o'clock visible in the catalogue illustration. There is a small chip to the corner at 11 o'clock on the reverse side. There is some surface scratching to the front face and typical glaze loss and nibbles along the rim. Overall in generally good appearance. In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.