Lot 379: A Della Robbia framed plaque of Alfred the Great

Sotheby's

October 6, 2001
New York, NY, US

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Description: A Della Robbia framed plaque of Alfred the Great 1900 in two sections, modeled and decorated by Harold Steward Rathbone, after a design by Ford Madox Brown, titled ALFRED YE GREATE, signed on the front with the artist's monogram and date 1900, (minor surface restoration and re-touching), incised on the back 986C and dated 9/1900. height 27in. (68.6cm.) by width 16 1/2 in. (42cm.) This panel is one of a series of similar plaques made by Della Robbia which appeared in their 1900 catalogue. It exists in at least two versions, one of which is in the Williamson Art Gallery, Birkenhead, England and is illustrated in Della Robbia Pottery Birkenhead 1894-1906. An Interim Report, fig. 30. Exhibited: `The Birkenhead Della Robbia Pottery. 1893-1906', Jeremy Cooper Ltd., September 30-October 18, 1980, no. 72 Literature: Malcolm Haslam, English Art Pottery 1865-1915, Woodbridge, Antique Collector's Club, 1975, p. 143, fig. 75. Established in 1893 by Harold Rathbone in Birkenhead, Liverpool the Della Robbia pottery was one of the few "true" Arts and Crafts potteries, founded with the intention of using local clay and local labor to create functional and decorative wares. Conrad Dressler, Carlo Manzoni and later Cassandia Annie Walker were three of the key designers and decorators. Unfortunately it proved difficult to make the pottery a success and it closed in 1906.
Dimensions: width 16 1/2 in. (42
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