A PAIR OF MINTONS PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE CARNELIAN-RED-GROUND TWO-HANDLED VASES ONE DATED 1878
shape number 1986, by Marc Louis Solon, signed respectively 'L SOLON', 'MINTONS'; and 'L. SOLON 78', each of campana shape, affixed on either side of the shoulder with a high scroll handle terminating with an anthemion leaf, the cup-form rim above the tall slender neck molded with anthemion and acanthus enriched in gilding, the body decorated in white slip with a maiden in diaphanous costume before a fence with trailing flowers, flanked by two putti offering her hearts, or a maiden holding a sword to a heart on a platter, each reverse with a putto on a weighing scale, on bronze-green square bases, gilt retailer's marks PHILLIPS & PEARCE/ MINTON/ NEW BOND St LONDON, impressed MINTONS marks.
Height 18¾ in.
The vase on the left of the illustration is in good condition. The vase on the right of the illustration: the right handle broken and repaired through middle and the inner edge terminals. At these points there are filled-in rivet holes and some associated re-gilding. There is a "D"-shaped curving crack at the domed foot with some associated re-gilding. The square feet with some wear to gilding, visible in the catalogue illustration.
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.
An entry for this vase shape, Liberty and Captivity appears in the list of titled pâte-sur-pâte wares for 1876 by Solon, Joan Jones in Minton, The First Two Hundred Years of Design & Production, Shrewsbury, 1993, p. 338. This vase was of the same ground-colour as the present pair and was sold at Christie's New York, October 10, 2001, lot 188, previously sold at Sotheby's New York, February 21, 1991, lot 25. This vase, along with its pair, Liberty, together with the present pair, feature in the Minton photographic archive. A second pair, also of the same ground color, dated 1877, was offered at Christie's East New York, October 11, 1988, lot 438. Phillips were London retailers of china and glass ware. The business was started by George Phillips at Oxford Street, London - the premises were ‘next to the Pantheon’. At the circa date of the present vases the retailers had premises at 155 New Bond Street.