A PAIR OF MINTONS PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE BLUE-GROUND 'POMPEIAN' VASES AND COVERS CIRCA 1874
shape number 1775, decorated by Marc Louis Solon, each signed in white slip L Solon, of squat generous form, affixed at the shoulder with two gilded high loop handles, lavishly decorated with eight pale-pink medallions reserving putti at various pursuits alternating with trophies, two with reserving Roman numerals 'DXI', and 'XII' respectively, tied with ribbons hanging from two-toned green leafy vines, the short neck, foot and cover enriched with red, ochre and pale-blue foliate scrollwork borders, impressed MINTONS marks.
Height 15½ in.
Both vases are in overall good appearance.
There is some very minor typical wear to gilding on loop handles and interior edge of rims. Both vases and covers are in good condition.
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T. Goode & Co., South Audley Street, London, bearing labels
The Nyman Collection, Sotheby's Belgravia, May 14, 1981, lot 61
Minton Pâte-sur-Pâte Masterworks from a Distinguished Private Collection, Christie's New York, October 21, 2008, lot 3
Williams, 1981, p. 30
When last sold the auction cataloging note made reference to Louis Solon's Illustrated Journal, where the present pair of vases is recorded as being completed between November 11 - December 11, 1874. The journal notes "Medaillions sur une paire de vases commence pair (Henry) Sanders" and a minimum of 65 days of combined labor on the pair.
A second pair of vases of this form, completed in 1888, with chocolate brown panels and grotesque-type decoration on an ivory-ground was displayed on the Thomas Goode stand at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. This pair is illustrated in Joan Jones, Minton, The First Two Hundred Years of Design & Production, Shrewsbury, 1993, p. 201; and Bernard Bumpus, Pâte-sur-Pâte, The Art of Ceramic Relief Decoration, 1849-1992, London, 1992, col. pl. XXI, where the author notes that the work on the pair was completed by "an apprentice". The pair was sold at Christie's New York, October 19-20, 2011, lot 462. A third pair with white-slip figural decoration on a green-ground, signed by Solon, with retailer's mark for A.B. Daniell & Sons, London, was sold at Freemans, Philadelphia, October 7, 2014, lot 56. Reviewing the Minton photographic archive reveals that at least one further pair was produced, with white slip figures holding lamps, against a solid coloured-ground.