SMALL FAVOUR

Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

Queen Anne (1665–1714) was the last of the Stu­art mon­archs. She is re­mem­bered best for achiev­ing the union of Eng­land and Scot­land in 1707, but ac­cord­ing to Lan­cashire auc­tion­eers Sil­ver­woods, it was prob­a­bly the un­usu­ally small size of this English delft plate rather than any other fac­tor that was the main rea­son it earned a re­sound­ing £3,200 against an es­ti­mate of £200-300. Clearly the nib­bles around the rim and the crack run­ning from the cen­tre to the edge of the 22cm wide plate, com­mon­place with the soft na­ture of the ware, were no de­ter­rent and its un­likely Olivia Col­man’s Os­car-win­ning per­for­mance in the movie ‘The Favourite’ had any bear­ing. Per­haps it was sim­ply that these naively pot­ted and dec­o­rated com­mem­o­ra­tives be­come ever more scarce and de­sir­able. Flem­ish im­mi­grant pot­ters brought the tin glazed earthen­ware with them and set up no­tably in London, Bris­tol and Liver­pool pro­duc­ing both dec­o­ra­tive and do­mes­tic pieces from the mid-16th to the late 18th cen­tury.

Sil­ver­woods Delft

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