The Robin Simpson Collection of Commemoratives
on Wednesday 8th September 2021
Lots: 51-100 of 533
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Lot 51
SIR WILLIAM HAMILTON
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1776, modelled by Joachim Smith, applied in white on a blue ground with a head and shoulders profile, impressed on the front 'S. W. Hamilton', by repute with an impressed Wedgwood & Bentley mark, the plaque 10.2cm high, mounted in a later frame.

Hamilton was ambassador to the Court of Naples 1764 to 1800. An ardent collector of Greek and Roman antiquities, he sold his collection to the British Museum. The Barberini Vase which passed through his hands to become the property of the Duchess of Portland was also copied by Josiah Wedgwood with whom he corresponded. After the death of his first wife, he married Emma Lyon (known latterly as Hart) on 6th September 1791. She became the subject of Horatio Nelson's affections following the death of her husband in 1803. Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.182, plate b.

Provenance: Bonhams, 6th June 2007, lot 137 where the catalogue entry stated impressed 'Wedgwood & Bentley' in upper case.
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Lot 52
WILLIAM PITT (THE ELDER): EARL OF CHATHAM
A Wedgwood & Bentley jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1778, modelled by John Flaxman, applied in white on a blue ground with a head and shoulders profile, impressed 'Chatham', the reverse 'Wedgwood & Bentley', circa 1778, gilt metal rim, the plaque 8.6cm.

Pitt died on 11th May 1778. Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.99, plate a.

Provenance: Bonhams, 6th June 2007, lot 142. Paper label for the Rose-Ellis collection.


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Lot 53
HEROES OF THE AMERICAN WARS OF INDEPENDENCE
A set of six oval enamel plaques, c.1780, printed in manganese with named portraits, variously titled 'Gen. Clinton', 'Genl. Elliot', 'Capt. Farmer', 'Lord Hood', 'Adml. Rodney' and 'Prince Willm. Henry', each within a simple metal frame with hanging eye, faint cracking to some, each 8.2cm overall. (6)

Henry Clinton was Commander-in-Chief of North America from 1778 to 1782. George Augustus Elliot was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in 1777 and promoted to General in 1778: the island was besieged by the French and Spanish between 1779 until 1783. George Farmer perished as Captain of the Quebec in the action off Ushant (western France) on 6th October 1779. Samuel Hood sailed for the West Indies at the end of 1780. George Brydges Rodney was ordered to the West Indies in late 1779 by way of Gibraltar where, in January 1780, he defeated the Spanish at the Battle of St Vincent. Prince William (later King William IV) was present at the Battle of St Vincent and subsequently served in New York where a plot to kidnap him was foiled. This likeness is taken from the engraving, published 1st February 1780 by Valentine Green, after the painting by Benjamin West.

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Lot 54
ADMIRAL KEPPEL
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, late 18th/19th century, applied in white on a pale blue ground with a head and shoulders profile, by repute incised 'Keppel' and impressed 'Wedgwood' on the reverse, the plaque 9.6cm, mounted in a later frame.

Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.206, plate b.

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Lot 55
ADMIRAL KEPPEL
A delftware plate, c.1780, probably London, painted in dark blue with a head and shoulders portrait within a formal foliate border, the rim inscribed in manganese with 'Admiral Keppel for Ever', heavily restored, 22.9cm.

The image derives from a print by T. Cook after D. Dodd, and is loosely based on the portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds. Cf. Michael Archer, Delftware, p.123, fig B.14.

Provenance: with Jonathan Horne, March 2003.


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Lot 56
ADMIRAL KEPPEL
A William Greatbatch creamware teapot and cover, c.1780, the cylindrical body printed in black and decorated in coloured enamels with a portrait flanked by naval trophies and putti with trumpets, titled 'The Hon'ble. Aug'tus. Keppel', the reverse with a warship under full sail, restoration to the spout and handle, 18cm across. (2)

Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, p.154, pls. 412 and 413.

Provenance: formerly Pugh Collection, sold Christie's, South Kensington, 26th April 2001, lot 59.

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Lot 57
ADMIRAL KEPPEL
A large Wedgwood creamware punch pot and cover, c.1780, printed in black by Sadler and Green with a portrait titled ' The Hon Aug's Keppel Admiral of the Blue', above trophies of war engraved by Billinge, the reverse inscribed 'May England never want a Keppel, A Man who never tarnished but ever added lustre to the British flag', within a cartouche embellished with classical figures including Neptune and Mars surmounted with a profile of George III, impressed mark, minor chipping, 29.7cm. (2)

Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pls. 414 and 415.

Provenance: ex Kanter collection, sold Skinner's of Boston, Massachusetts, 31st May 1997, lot 42. Paper label for Frances L Dixon.

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Lot 58
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A Staffordshire creamware teapot and cover, c.1780, the cylindrical body applied to each side with an oval portrait medallion within a cartouche impressed 'Admiral Rodney', flanked by green floral branches upon an orange ground, restored, 14.5cm across. (2)

Cf. Stella Beddoe, A Potted History: Henry Willett's Ceramic Chronicle of Britain, pl.174
for a mug with similar decoration.

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Lot 59
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A large cylindrical creamware mug, c.1780, painted in iron red, purple and black with a portrait of the admiral in a tricorn hat, beneath the inscription 'Success to brave Rodney', restored, 15cm.

Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, p.156, pl. 422.

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Lot 60
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A tall Staffordshire creamware mug, c.1780, the cylindrical form applied with an oval profile portrait within a green cartouche titled 'Admiral Rodney', flanked by sprigged floral branches upon a faux tortoiseshell ground, some filled chips to the rim and foot, 15.6cm.

Provenance: with John Howard, November 2005.

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Lot 61
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A good Wedgwood creamware teapot and cover, c.1780, the globular body printed in black by Sadler and Green of Liverpool with a portrait inscribed 'Sr G Bridges Rodney Bt Rear Admiral of England', the reverse with a naval engagement, impressed mark, the cover likely associated, 20.7cm across. (2)

This portrait of Rodney was published on 1st April 1780 in the Westminster Magazine. The naval engagement is after the engraving by P C Panot, taken from the painting by R Paton titled 'The Defeat of the French off Belle Isle in November 1759'. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pls. 417, 420 and 421 for such a commentary and the use of this naval engagement some twenty years later; the Norman Stretton collection, sold Phillips, 21st February 2001, lot 188 for a similar teapot and commentary.

Provenance: with Jonathan Horne, mid-2004.

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Lot 62
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A large and rare Staffordshire pearlware mug, c.1780, the cylindrical body applied with an oval portrait medallion of George Brydges Rodney beneath an elaborate ribbon impressed 'Success to G B Rodney', picked out in purple, green and blue and flanked by na´ve depictions of warships under sail, 16cm.

Sailing for the West Indies in 1779, Rodney was ordered to relieve Gibraltar on the way. On 14th January 1780 at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent he defeated the Spanish, thus bringing some relief to Gibraltar. See lot 65 for a similar mug in Eliott's favour.

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Lot 63
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A small creamware figure of George Brydges Rodney, 1st Baron Rodney, c.1785, standing beside a pillar moulded with the name 'Rodney', his right hand reaching for his sword on his left hip, splashed in green and manganese, some restoration to the base, 14.6cm.

Provenance: with Martyn Edgell, July 2015.


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Lot 64
ADMIRAL RODNEY
A Staffordshire pearlware mask jug of Admiral George Brydges Rodney, c.1795, depicted in uniform, the hat moulded with naval trophies and a flag beneath a repeated angular and motif border decorated in bright enamels, the handle formed from his plaited ponytail, minor faults, some staining, 16.1cm.

Rodney died in 1792. Given the more heavily potted nature of this piece it is likely to have been produced following his death, perhaps from an earlier mould. Cf. Stella Beddoe, A Potted History: Henry Willett's Ceramic Chronicle of Britain, pl.179 where the author indicates a date of c.1780.
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Lot 65
GEORGE AUGUSTUS ELIOTT, 1ST BARON HEATHFIELD
A rare Staffordshire small pearlware mug, c.1780-83, the cylindrical body painted with the distinguished soldier holding a baton over a cannon, the reverse with figures in a Spanish gun boat, inscribed 'Elliot For Ever' [sic], some restoration, the handle replaced, 9cm.

See lot 62 for the companion mug but in Rodney's favour.

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Lot 66
1782 GENERAL SIR GEORGE ELIOTT
A large pearlware punch pot and cover, dated 1782, painted in blue with the inscription 'Brave Elliot [sic] Gibraltar 1782' within a swagged cartouche, beside hops and bold flower sprays, the cover largely a replacement, the spout restored, 32cm.

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Lot 67
GENERAL SIR GEORGE ELIOTT
A rare creamware oval plaque, c.1782-90, moulded in high relief and painted with a head and shoulders profile of the General in military uniform, a section broken off and restuck, 16.9cm.

Eliott was appointed Governor of Gibraltar in May 1777. The garrison came under siege in 1779, culminating in a grand attack by the French and Spanish, which commenced on 13th September 1782. However, the garrison held its position and by 6th February 1783 the siege was over.

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Lot 68
IRISH VOLUNTEERS
A Wedgwood creamware jug, c.1780, printed in black by Sadler and Green with a cartouche containing the inscription 'Success to the Independent Volunteer Societies of the Kingdom of Ireland', flanked by Volunteers and surmounted by Hibernia, the reverse with 'The Death of Wolfe' after Benjamin West, faint impressed mark, filled chips to the footrim, 20.3cm.

As the war in America escalated to Europe, fear of invasion of England grew. To combat this, in 1779 British regular forces were withdrawn from Ireland and regiments of Volunteers were raised to defend the island. An engraving by W W Wollett, published on 1st January 1776 and taken from the 1770 painting by Benjamin West, was the basis of John Sadler's print of 'The Death of Wolfe'. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pls. 403, 426 and 427.
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Lot 69
IRISH VOLUNTEERS
A Wedgwood creamware jug, c.1780, printed in black and decorated in colours with three infantrymen, the reverse with a cavalryman brandishing a sword, beneath the spout inscribed 'May they and their Commanders, Live happy many Years; Their King their Country's best Support, The Wexford Volunteers' above a cartouche inscribed 'Unanimity', impressed mark, small rim faults, a small footrim chip, 19.1cm.

See footnote to lot 68. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pls. 428 and 429.

Provenance: ex Kanter collection; sold Skinner's of Boston, Massachusetts, 31st May 1997, lot 69.
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Lot 70
IRISH VOLUNTEERS
A Wedgwood creamware jug, c.1780, printed in black with three infantryman carrying bayonets, the reverse with a titled portrait of Admiral Rodney centred by a foliate cartouche inscribed 'Success to the Rathmelton Volunteers', faint impressed mark, restored chips to the rim and foot, 22cm.

See footnote to lot 68. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pls. 417 and 428."
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Lot 71
AMERICAN WAR OF INDEPENDENCE
A Wedgwood creamware jug, c.1780, printed in black to both sides with a variation of 'The Benefit of Neutrality', depicting a cow being ridden by Britannia while a Scotsman covers her eyes, a Frenchman and a Spaniard each clutching one of the cow's horns while a Dutchman milks her and an Englishman tugs at her tail, in the foreground a bulldog and a French greyhound squabble while a Dutch pug races off with a bone, impressed mark, some footrim chips, 22.3cm.

Illustrated: David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pl.411, p.153 for a discussion of this satirical print by C. Goodwin.

Provenance: the Kanter collection, sold by Skinner's of Boston, 31st May 1997, lot 69.


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Lot 72
BRITISH NAVAL ENGAGEMENT
A large Wedgwood creamware jug, c.1780, printed in black with two warships engaged in action above GR monogram flanked by trophies of war, the reverse with 'The Death of Wolfe' after Benjamin West, restoration to the rim, spout and foot, 28cm.

Rodney's heroic triumph over the Spanish on 14th January 1780 at the Battle of Cape St. Vincent, and the subsequent relief of Gibraltar, are probably the inspiration for the naval engagement depicted. The Sadler transfer of Wolfe's death at Quebec in 1759 after the painting by Benjamin West was also used by Wedgwood. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, p.150, pl. 403.

Provenance: with John May, May 1995.

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Lot 73
SIR BANASTRE TARLETON
A small creamware jug, dated 1792, printed in black and painted in colours with a full-length portrait titled 'Colonel Tarleton', dressed in the uniform of the British Legion, the reverse with an equestrian portrait of the same subject, beneath the spout inscribed 'Henry & Mary Marsden 1792', some good restoration to the spout, 11cm.

Tarleton served with distinction under Cornwallis in 1776 aged just 22. Promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel in 1778, he destroyed American forces in Virginia and Carolina before returning to England in 1782 where he sat for Sir Joshua Reynolds, whose portrait was the inspiration for the full-length version depicted on this jug. Entering Parliament as member for Liverpool in 1790 he died in 1833 as a Baronet. Cf. David Drakard, English Printed Pottery, pp.158-159.


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Lot 74
WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER AS CHANCELLOR OF THE EXCHEQUER
A rare pearlware punch bowl, c.1782, printed in blue to the interior with a half-length portrait inscribed 'The Right Hon'ble William Pitt Esq'r Chancellor of the Exchequer', the exterior with Chinese pagoda landscapes, the rim with a Fitzhugh border, a hairline rim crack and small footrim chip, 24.6cm dia.

William Pitt was appointed Chancellor of the Exchequer under the administration of Lord Shelburne in 1782; a position of which he was stripped upon the forming of the Fox North coalition the following year.

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Lot 75
1783 CHARLES JAMES FOX AND LORD NORTH PARLIAMENTARY COALITION
A small and unusual enamel portrait plaque, c.1783, painted with a portrait of the faces of North and Fox combined, titled to the reverse 'Lord Nth & Chles Jms Fox Coalesed', the plaque 5cm, mounted in a wooden frame.

Lord North represented Banbury for the Tories from 1754 to 1790. He was Prime Minister from 1770 until he resigned in March 1782, following the failure of his American Colonies policy. He was replaced by the Marquess of Rockingham with Fox being appointed Foreign Secretary. Rockingham died unexpectedly on 1st July and the Earl of Shelburne became leader; however Fox refused to serve in this new administration thus splitting the Whig party. Although adversaries, Fox and North formed a coalition with the overwhelming support of North's Tories and Fox's opposition Whigs. Despite the King's reluctance, the coalition came to power on 2nd April 1783 in a Government nominally headed by the Duke of Portland and lasting until dissolved by the King in March 1784 following the failure of Fox's East India Bill.

Provenance: ex Shnayerson collection, sold 13th June 1999, lot 508B.


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Lot 76
WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER
A large pearlware punch bowl, c.1784, printed in blue to the interior with the inscription 'Success to Wm Pitt & God Save the King', the rim with a Fitzhugh border, the exterior with pagoda Chinese landscapes, raised on a circular foot, rim cracks, chipping to the foot, 27cm dia.

Following the fall of the Fox North Coalition in December 1783 (see lot 75) the King asked Pitt to form an administration, thus making him the youngest Prime Minister at the age of 24. Although losing a motion of no confidence in January 1784, Pitt refused to resign. Instead, with the King's backing, he built support. In the following March, Parliament was dissolved and, in the general election of 1784, Pitt secured a comfortable majority.
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Lot 77
PATRIOTIC SUPPORT FOR ADMIRALS RODNEY, HAWKE AND WOLFE
A pearlware punch bowl, c.1785-90, printed in blue to the interior with the inscription 'May all British Admirals have the Eye of an Hawke, the Heart of a Wolfe and the Spirit of a Rodney' within an oval cartouche, the exterior with small Chinese vignettes beneath a formal border, a small footrim chip and faint star crack, 26.1cm.

Rodney, Hawke and Wolfe were formidable commanders, enjoying the appreciation of the British population during the Seven Years War and the Wars of American Independence. Rodney's decisive victory at the Battle of the Saintes in 1782 was the last momentous event, Hawke having died in 1781. Rodney died in 1792 and Wolfe, the hero of Quebec, had fallen in 1759.

Provenance: with Garry Atkins, June 2003.


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Lot 78
ADMIRAL LORD HOOD
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1785, applied in white on a pale blue ground, with a head and shoulders profile modelled by John Charles Lochee, impressed mark, the plaque 10cm, mounted in a giltwood frame.

Samuel Hood saw action in the Seven Years War and held senior commands in the American Wars of Independence, subsequently becoming First Naval Lord. In 1784 he was elected member for Westminster together with Charles James Fox. He presided at the court martial of some of the surviving members of the Mutiny on the Bounty in 1792 and was raised to the Peerage as Viscount Hood of Whitley in 1796. He died in 1816.

Provenance: ex Kanter Collection sold Skinners of Boston, Massachusetts, 25th April 2003.



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Lot 79
HENRY DUNDAS, 1ST VISCOUNT MELVILLE
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1785-90, applied in white on a deep blue ground with a head and shoulders profile, the plaque 9.8cm, mounted in a later wooden frame.

Dundas was a Scottish advocate and politician representing Midlothian from 1774 to 1790, then Edinburgh until 1802. He supported Pitt the Younger and was variously Home Secretary and Secretary of State for War until he retired in 1801. The following year he was raised to the Peerage as Viscount Melville becoming First Lord of the Admiralty 1804 to 1805. Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.239.

Provenance: with Leo Kaplan of New York, June 2000; then unframed and described as impressed Wedgwood on the reverse.

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Lot 80
WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1787, applied in white on a deep blue ground with a head in profile, impressed mark, the plaque 7.8cm, framed.

Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portraits Medallion, p.276, plate a, where the authors state that only one example has been located.
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Lot 81
WILLIAM PITT THE YOUNGER
A Wedgwood black basalt oval portrait plaque, c.1787, moulded in high relief with a head and shoulders likeness, impressed mark, 10.5cm.

Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions p.276, plate b.


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Lot 82
HRH FREDERICK DUKE OF YORK
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1787-90, applied in white on a pale blue ground with a head in profile, impressed mark, a chip to the base of the plaque, the plaque 10.4cm, in an ebonised wood frame.

Cf. Reilly and Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.150 plate b where the authors attribute the modelling of this likeness to be by E Burch.

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Lot 83
HRH PRINCE AUGUSTUS
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, late 18th/19th century, applied in white on a pale blue ground with a named head in profile modelled by Charles Lochee, by repute the reverse impressed 'Wedgwood', the plaque 7.6mm, mounted in later frame.

Augustus Frederick, the sixth son of George III, was born in 1773. Marrying in Rome in April 1793, the couple returned to England and were re-married in December the same year; on both occasions without the King's consent. The first marriage was annulled the following year but they continued to cohabit until 1801. Later that year the title Duke of Sussex was conferred upon him. He married again in 1831 and died in 1843. Cf. Reilly and Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.53.

Provenance: with Lindsay Grigsby of Pennsylvania in about 2002. Then described as the reverse being impressed Wedgwood.

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Lot 84
SUPPORT FOR SMUGGLING AGAINST TAXATION
A rare pearlware jug, c.1787, the baluster body painted with a figure on horseback leading another horse laden with barrels, inscribed 'Success to the Smugler [sic]', the reverse with a spray of flowers beneath a banded neck picked out in puce, blue and green, some restoration to the rim and handle, 15cm.

With Britain having been at war for a quarter of a century, by 1784 William Pitt was faced with a massive national debt. The previous implementation of exorbitant taxes on tea and other imports was slowly reducing tax revenues. In reducing the levy, tax revenue began to rise as the smuggling of commodities became less profitable. The 1787 Hovering Act further attacked smuggling by extending the duties of customs officials to twelve miles offshore.
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Lot 85
1788 VISIT TO WORCESTER BY GEORGE III
A good Flight Worcester jug, c.1788-90, painted by John Pennington with an en grisaille head and shoulders profile of the Monarch within a wide gilt circular border, flanked by foliage in green and gilt, the straight neck painted with repeated oak leaves and acorns within woven purple ribbon, a restored rim crack, 17.5cm.

George III and Queen Charlotte visited the City of Worcester between 6th and 8th August 1788, during which time they went to the Flight Worcester factory. The substantial orders placed and subsequent Royal warrant led to other significant commissions and greatly improved the factory's fortunes.
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Lot 86
GEORGE III, PRINCE OF WALES, WILLIAM PITT
A pearlware loving cup and cover, c.1789, the U-shaped bowl printed in dark blue with named portrait ovals of George III, Queen Charlotte, the Prince of Wales and William Pitt, between scattered flower sprays, the interior with a sailing vessel, with decorative border lined and decorated in tones of brown, raised on a low circular foot, a small chip to the cover, 19.8cm high. (2)

This is likely to commemorate the Regency Crisis, which evolved after the King declared Parliament prorogued from 25th September until 20th November 1788. During this time his mental health deteriorated and he was unable to deliver a speech at the impending state opening, rendering Parliament unable to proceed to any business. In the ensuing debate Charles James Fox argued that the Prince of Wales was automatically entitled to exercise sovereignty, whilst Prime Minister William Pitt conversely argued that, in the absence of any statute, the right to choose a Regent belonged to Parliament alone. In the interests of government, a compromise was reached, the constitutional detail fudged and the Lord Chancellor instructed to affix the great seal without the King's consent. Parliament opened on 3rd February 1789 with the Regency Bill being introduced but the King recovered before it could be passed.


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Lot 87
1789 GEORGE III's RECOVERY
A small cylindrical creamware mug, dated 1789, printed in black with 'God Save the King' above a head in profile surrounded by royal trophies inscribed 'The Fountain of Honour' and dated March 17th 1789 above two lines of loyal verse, 9.4cm.

Cf. John and Jennifer May, Commemorative Pottery, pl. 28.



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Lot 88
1789 GEORGE III's RECOVERY
A small cylindrical creamware mug, c.1789, printed in black with a profile portrait inscribed 'George III King' above a four line stanza, the rim with a painted tassel border in green, puce and blue, some restoration, 9.8cm.

Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, p.164, pl. 443.

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Lot 89
1789 GEORGE III'S RECOVERY
A large pearlware 'Fair Hebe' jug, after the design by John Voyez, one side modelled in high relief with a dog jumping up at his master before a banner impressed 'Long Live the King', the reverse with a couple and a bird's nest below a parchment inscribed 'GR III RESTOR'D', decorated in blue, green, yellow and manganese, restoration to the rim and handle, 21.5cm.

John Voyez, a Frenchman who had previously worked for Wedgwood, was in the employ of Ralph Wood II. His 1788 incarnation of this jug was in celebration of a bumper harvest, here with an alternative inscription for George III's recovery from madness. Cf. R K Henrywood, An Illustrated Guide to British Jugs, p.231 for similar examples.
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Lot 90
1789 GEORGE III'S RECOVERY
A pearlware puzzle jug, c.1789, the slender oviform body pierced around the rim, the handle modelled as Fame, moulded with acanthus leaves in pale blue and green and banded in brown with the incised inscription 'Fame doth her trumpet sound so you must drink all round to Great George the King', chipping and restoration, 23.3cm.
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Lot 91
1789 GEORGE III'S RECOVERY
Two pearlware bowls, c.1789, one printed in blue to the interior with a small inscribed vignette of Britannia holding a portrait of George III, the other with a similar larger vignette, the exteriors with Oriental figures and landscapes, damages and restoration, 23.5cm max. (2)

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Lot 92
1789 GEORGE III'S RECOVERY
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1789, applied in white on a deep blue ground with a head in profile surmounted by a crown and the ribboned inscription 'HEALTH RESTORED', impressed mark, a small chip, wooden frame present but separate, the plaque 6.4cm.

Cf. Reilly and Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.167, version h(ii).

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Lot 93
1789 GEORGE III'S RECOVERY
A Wedgwood jasperware oval plaque, c.1789, applied in white on a deep blue ground with an allegory of Fame inscribing a tablet 'Health is restů', surmounted by a portrait bust of George III, the plaque 7.8cm, mounted in a later frame.

Provenance: with Aurea Carter, June 2007.

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Lot 94
PRINCE WILLIAM HENRY (LATER DUKE OF CLARENACE AND WILLIAM IV)
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1789, applied in white on a dusky pink ground with a head and shoulders profile, the reverse indistinctly incised 'preserve (?) Will, Prince William', faint impressed mark, the plaque 7.6cm, framed.

Having served in the Navy in the Americas since 1780, William returned to Britain in April 1789 as a consequence of his father's madness. He was created Duke of Clarence and St. Albans by George III on 16th May so that he could not stand as the member of Parliament for Totnes - his political views being at odds with those of his father. Cf. Reilly and Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.341b where the authors attribute this likeness as having been modelled by Charles Lochee in 1787.

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Lot 95
PRINCE WILLIAM HENRY (LATER WILLIAM IV)
A large and rare Ralph Wedgwood (Ferrybridge) creamware jug, c.1796-1801, printed in black with a half-length portrait inscribed 'THE ROYAL BRITISH TAR' with a loyal toast beneath, the reverse with two ships engaged in battle, impressed Wedgwood & Co mark, restoration to the spout and base, 21.1cm.

See footnote to lot 94. Although he left the Navy in 1790, Prince William was appointed an admiral (purely a nominal role) in 1798 and it is possible that this jug was made to commemorate that event.

Provenance: Ex Herbert Ward Collection, lot 809, 8th September 1990 and Richardson Collection, lot 96, 9th February 2000 both by Bonhams.
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Lot 96
1789 FRENCH REVOLUTION
A large creamware jug, c.1789, printed in black with two scenes of the Bastille being stormed, titled 'The Triumph of Liberty' to one side, restoration to the rim, spout and foot, 23.5cm.

On 14th July 1789, disaffected French nationals stormed the Bastille, thus starting the French Revolution. Cf. David Drakard, Printed English Pottery, pl.446.

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Lot 97
CHARLES JAMES FOX
An oval portrait miniature on ivory, c.1790, after the painting by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 7cm high excluding loop.

The portrait by Reynolds hangs in Holkham Hall, Norfolk.

Provenance: by tradition from 1796 in the collection of the wife of Liverpool reformer, William Roscoe of Allerton Hall, Merseyside. Thence by descent until acquired by the late Tony Banks (Lord Stratford) in 2003, sold Bonhams, 3rd May 2007.


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Lot 98
CHARLES JAMES FOX
A Wedgwood black basalt oval portrait plaque, late 18th century, moulded with a head and shoulders likeness within an integral moulded bull nose frame, impressed mark, 10.5cm.

Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.144 where the authors attribute the modelling to John Flaxman after the portrait by Reynolds at Holkham Hall.

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Lot 99
CHARLES JAMES FOX
A Wedgwood jasperware oval portrait plaque, c.1790, applied in white on a deep blue ground with a head and shoulders likeness, impressed mark,the plaque 9cm high, mounted in an ebonised wood frame.

Cf. Reilly & Savage, Wedgwood: the Portrait Medallions, p.144; and footnote to lot 98.


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Lot 100
CHARLES JAMES FOX
A Ralph Wood type pearlware figure of Charles Fox, c.1790, seated on a tree stump and wearing a manganese jacket over yellow breeches, restoration to both shoulders and the base, 20.5cm.

Cf. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, accession no. 41.194.2 for an identical example.


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