Lancashire Life - - ANTIQUES -

Most 19th cen­tury col­lectable pot­tery and porce­lain came from kilns in Stafford­shire’s Five Towns. Coalport was one of a small num­ber of ex­cep­tions, founded in 1795 by John Rose at the epony­mous vil­lage in Shrop­shire. He was en­tre­pre­neur­ial enough to at­tract gifted work­ers, no­tably Wil­liam Billingsle­y as chief painter and his chemist, both of whom had re­vi­talised the Nant­garw fac­tory in South Wales. Mag­nif­i­cent, showoff pieces like this slen­der, urn-shaped lid­ded vase were a spe­cial­ity, made for the crowned heads of Europe and the few oth­ers who could af­ford them. Dat­ing from 1891-95, the vase was painted with a lake­side scene against a moun­tain­ous back­drop and ex­ten­sive gilded dec­o­ra­tion of but­ter­flies and leaves, all on Coalport’s sig­na­ture cobalt blue ground. It sold for £320 at Ger­rards auc­tion­eers in Lytham St Annes.

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