A RARE BOW PORCELAIN BLUE AND WHITE CHOCOLATE OR COFFEE POT AND COVER CIRCA 1750
affixed with a bird-head spout with scrolling terminal and a scroll handle, the pot and cover painted with a two-masted sailing ship and figures standing on a quayside in the foreground between blue-wavy borders at the rims, incised letter R to underside of base.
Height 9⅛ in.
In good appearance and condition. There is a minor faint body crack to one side of the knop on the cover, measuring approximately 2.6 cm.
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Sotheby's London, June 23, 1987, lot 374
Gabszewicz, 2000, p. 288, pl. 44
Harrison, Ars Ceramica, 2019, no. 31, p. 126, fig. 11
The pattern appears to be based on a design by the Dutch Delft painter Frederik van Frijtom, and is found on a delft plate illustrated in A. Vecht, Frederik van Frijtom, Life And Work Of A Dutch Pottery-Decorator, Amsterdam, 1968, p.76, pl. 40. The Dutch design later imitated, decorating Chinese and Japanese Arita porcelains. Two porcelain teabowls, one Chinese and the other Bow, are illustrated in Simon Spero, Exhibition 2001, English Porcelain and Enamels 1745-1791, London, 2001, p. 25, pl. 37, who argues that the Bow examples, in turn, were derived from Arita porcelain.
For the pattern on Bow porcelain see Bernard Watney, English Blue and White Porcelain of the 18th Century, London, 1963, pl. 10a; Anton Gabszewicz and Geoffrey Freeman, Bow Porcelain, The Collection formed by Geoffrey Freeman, London, 1982, p. 63, pls. 81-83; and a bell shaped mug, sold at Sotheby's London, November 20, 1979, lot 100. A second example of this rare form, in blue and white, affixed with a scrolling spout is in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, mus. no. C.634&A-1924, illustrated in Gabszewicz, 2000, pl. 45, col. pl. VIII.