Lot 1204: CERAMICS -- (PATTERN BOOK OF LEEDS POTTERY). (Leeds, no date but about 1814
November 16, 2016
2311 RW Leiden, NetherlandsLive Auction
CERAMICS -- (PATTERN BOOK OF LEEDS POTTERY). (Leeds, no date but about 1814 (from the watermark)). 72 plates (instead of 71, two folding) exhibiting a total of 221 designs on the first 60 leaves, and 48 designs of tea-ware on the last 11 leaves. No title-page is present (=correct); each leaf is stamped with the trade mark "Leeds pottery". 4°. Late 19th c. hcf. (Corners a bit bumped/worn, free endpaper rep., else a fine copy copy with plates in excellent impressions). Second edition, second issue of one of the first pattern books printed in England by a pottery manufacturer (a Wedgwood catalogue was first published in 1774). The first edition, appeared in 1783 and republished in 1794, contained only 40 plates; a second edition saw the light about 1800 and contained 31 new plates. This enlarged edition was reprinted on paper whose watermark bore the date ‘1814’. This is the first complete edition, containing designs absent in the earlier versions, and is the edition chosen for reproduction by Towner in 1963. The present copy exhibits a further reason of interest, as it contains an unrecorded plate not reproduced in Towner. The plate reproduced by Towner (item no. 193), even though it is defined as a ‘water closet pot’, definitely depicts a washbasin with a tap, the other plate (also marked item 193) shows what is clearly a water closet pot. A possible explanation is that the compiler of the list of the items (which was sold separately, see Towner) has replaced the original figure 193 (water closet pot), with the other (washbasin) but has not amended the description of the item in the list. - Solon (Ceramic literature), p. 196; D. Towner (The Leeds pottery, London, Cory, Adams & Mackay, 1963), pp. 16, 34-35 and passim; D. Towner (Creamware, London, Faber & Faber, 1978), pp. 214-216; not in Kat. Orn. Berl.
Estimated Price: € 1500