English Delft Drug Jar

The well-fitted apothecary shop of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries might have contained a large set of beautifully decorated jars in varying forms. This rare late 17th century example, with a particularly elaborate cartouche incorporating the figure of Apollo on a winged cherub, is flanked by angels holding shields bearing crossed keys, all symbols of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries. The lower section of the cartouche contains a satyrs head below which is a mortar and pestle within a laurel wreath. The iconography of the crossed keys combined with Apollo indicates a London origin, but to the best of our knowledge the cartouche is previously unrecorded.

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An Irish delft Platter

A mid 18th century Irish delft platter. The Fenced Garden design on this platter is clearly influenced by the Chinese style, but it is the particular use of the dark blue, broadly painted lines and leaves and the exceptionally large size and somewhat heavy potting that lead us to an Irish attribution. A similar example can be found in the catalog of the Castletown exhibition of Irish delftware.

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Delft Charger

A fine scarce English delft blue dash equestrian charger probably of London origin. This figure is probably General Monk rather than a monarch owing to the lack of a crown, although occasionally royal portraits are presented in armor. The manner of painting the trees and foreground is typical of the 1680's.

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