A Pair of Derby Ewers
Derby pair of Kedleston ewers

A Pair of  Derby Ewersr of ovoid vases form with shell moulded spouts and high loop handles terminating in satyr’s masks, the cartouches painted with landscapes, the reverse with classical figures representing Music and Virtue, reserved on a striped gilt ground.
Mark: gold anchor, incised N 92, patch marks.
Ht: 29 cm                                                          c. 1780-83

Known as “Kedleston-shaped” ewers, the form comes from a classical oinoche ( Greek wine jar), the landscape painting is attributed to Zachariah Boreman.

Virtue is after a print by F. Bartolozzi entitled Religion.  A garniture of five vases  with  “…figures and landscapes, gold stripes…”, which included a pair of ewers of this shape, was sold at Christie and Ansell in May 1782  for 2. 12s.

Ref. H. G. Bradley, Ceramics of Derbyshire, p. 32;
L. Zhangshen, Passion for Porcelain, p. 251.


Derby pair of Kedleston ewers