A Pair of Derby Ewers
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.