Fine and rare English hand-painted porcelain inkwell (with original lid and reserve), decorated with English scenes, and produced by the Spode pottery and porcelain factory of Stoke-on-Trent, England.
Circa 1820 - 1825.
Signed on the bottom: "Spode".
The scenes on the sides of the inkwell are identified in hand-painted script on the bottom:
"Cottage Near Winchester" and "Brough Castle"
Diameter at rim - 4 1/8" (10.5 cm) / Height with lid in place - 2 1/8" (5.5 cm)
This early Spode porcelain inkwell is quite rare and as far as I have been able to ascertain, there are no other examples of this shape with painted scenes. It may have been part of a unique commissioned desk set.
This exact form of inkwell is illustrated in the 1820 Spode Shape Book where it is named "Beaded, Round, Cylinder Inkstand". It was produced in one
size only and is illustrated with a drawing on page 134 of the book. This illustration can be viewed on the Spode Exhibition Online website (please scroll down, to the last two photographs, to view the book page showing this inkwell form).
This particular inkwell is rare due to the hand-painted scenic decoration, on the exterior, and the elaborate "Dresden gilding" which has previously been only found on high quality dessert services from this early period of Spode.
The painted scenes are quite beautiful and very much in the English landscape painting style of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The view of the Castle Brough almost looks like a J.M.W. Turner painting - maybe the artist was influenced by Turner. The paintings are historically interesting as well, as they show views of England as it was during the 1820's. The paintings are not signed as the artist's who painted the Spode pieces during this period were not allowed to sign them.
This inkwell is in very good condition for it's age. Often, early porcelain inkwells can be missing the ink reserve and / or the lid. In this case both the original ink reserve and the lid are present. The reserve is not damaged, however the lid has a very small, pinhead sized chip to the edge, with an extending small an tight hairline. This line is so insignificant that it did not even beak the gilding that is over it (see photos). There is old ink residue to the interior of the reserve and underside of the lid. I have not tried to remove it and I like the fact that it is still present (makes me wonder what was written with that ink).
The body of the inkwell has no chips or hairlines. The gilding on the interior has some wear, as shown. The outside gilding is in good condition. The painted scenes have some small scratches or abrasions, but they don't affect the overall look of this rare object.
This piece was purchased from an estate in the San Francisco area with no further history or provenance. It is of museum quality.
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This item will be a museum quality addition to any collection of Early British Porcelain and will display beautifully in any Georgian, Victorian, Early American or Arts and Crafts decor.
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Rare Antique Spode Porcelain Inkwell / Circa 1820 / Handpainted Views Of England: $280