A PAIR OF MINTONS PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE PEACOCK-BLUE-GROUND VASES, 'BREWING MISCHIEF' AND 'EXPLOSION' CIRCA 1883
shape number 1937, decorated by Marc Louis Solon, each signed L. Solon in white slip, of baluster form with a waisted trumpet neck, applied at the shoulder with gilt, blue and platinum enriched rope-twist handles with Bacchus mask terminals, each decorated in white slip with a large cartouche of cherubs, one with seven cherubs stirring a steaming cauldron, the reverse with two emptying hearts into a basket; the other vase with the cherubs tossed in the air by an exploding cauldron, the reverse with two lighting a bomb, the shoulder and foot of each with a pale olive-green ground reserving fine blue and beige slip anthemion scrollwork and grotesques, crowned globe Mintons marks in gold.
Heights 16 in.
Both in overall good appearance. The 'Explosion' vase: there is a "D"-shaped section of the rim cleanly broken and re-stuck, affecting approximately a quarter of the rim circumference, measuring 4cm at deepest point. The section located above the right handle. Along break line, there is some minor infill. The 'Brewing Mischief' vase: in good condition. Very minor flaking to gilding on footrim, visible in 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.
Likely purchased by London retailers Phillips in 1883
Sotheby Parke Bernet, Inc. New York, October 26, 1977, lot 109
Bumpus, 1992, pp. 121-123, pls. 81-82
Bumpus, 1999 catalogue, p. 18, fig. 9, 'Explosion' vase illustrated
Tulman, Ars Ceramica, 2016, p. 49, fig. 14
Ars Ceramica, 2019, cover