A PAIR OF MINTONS PÂTE-SUR-PÂTE PEACOCK-BLUE-GROUND VASES, 'TOO FAST' AND 'TOO SLOW' 1893
shape number 3044, decorated by Marc Louis Solon, signed L. Solon in white slip, each of baluster form with a waisted trumpet neck, applied at the shoulder with gilt-heightened handles and decorated in white slip, Too Slow, with a maiden with a fishing net amidst cherubs running and tumbling from a leafy stem, mending the net or bending lightning bolts amidst clouds, the reverse with three cherubs turning a winged wheel, and Too Fast, with a maiden whipping cherubs carrying snail shells on their backs and climbing a stem toward a heart suspended from a flowerhead, the reverse with a wreath of three cherubs emerging from snail shells holding a central heart, the necks with olive-green ground reserving scrollwork patterns, crowned globe MINTONS marks in gold, impressed MINTONS mark, date code for 1893.
Height 16 in.
'Too Fast': A flat chip to footrim, visible in the catalogue illustration, measuring approximately 3/4 of an inch at widest point. 'Too Slow': In overall good condition. Very minor wear to gilding on footrim only. Both are in overall 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.
'Too Slow': Sotheby's London, September 29, 1987, lot 340
'Too Fast': Christie's London, October 9, 1989, lot 290
'Too Slow': Jones, 1993, p. 208
Bumpus, 1992, col. pl. XVI