A MINTONS PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE PEACOCK-BLUE-GROUND COMMEMORATIVE PAPERWEIGHT 1878
decorated by Marc Louis Solon, signed L. Solon in mauve slip, for the Paris Exhibition of 1878, decorated in white, mauve and green slip on a bright blue ground, the front with a stylised starburst framed within strapwork and dated 1878 in gilding, the reverse with cupids bending and tying two branches into the shape of a heart, standing on two integral bracket feet, the edge with a gilt diaper pattern, Mintons Paris Exhibition 1878 and Prince of Wales feathers marks in gold.
Width 7⅛ in.; Height 6⅜ in.
18 cm; 16. 2 cm
Three of the four stepped feet broken at terminals and restored. Very minor scattered flaking to gilding.
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.
Sotheby's London, May 22, 1984, lot 315
A paperweight of this form, titled 'Grains les curieux', also included in the Paris Exposition Universelle, was featured in at least two illustrated catalogues, one published by Virtue and Co. London, p. 128, and another in G.A Sala's illustrated account, Paris Herself Again, 1878, p. 199, reproduced by Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration, 1849-1992, London, 1992, p. 119, fig. 78. This example was sold at Skinner Boston, July 14, 2001, lot 584. A Mintons red-ground pâte-sur-pâte example by Henry Hollins was offered at Christie's East, October 11, 1988, lot 433.