Visual display of the The Longridge collection of English slipware and delftware

				
 
D ELF TWA RE Flower Containers 
 
 
D373. FLOWER BRICK 
 
 
London 
Dated 1737 
 
 
H.: 3 1/2" (8.9 cm); 
L.: 6 1/4" (15.9 cm); 
W.: 2 3/4" (7 cm) 
 
 
BODY CLAY: Fine-grained buff. 
TIN GLAZE: Bluish white with portion 
of bottom discolored and with blow 
holes and pits from overfiring. Overall, 
excluding bottom edge. 
SHAPE: Slab-constructed and pierced. 
Three rows of piercings on slightly 
 
recessed top. Similarly recessed bot- 
tom. 
DECORATION: Painted. Trelliswork 
 
ground with, on long sides, superim- 
posed flowers and reserves enclosing 
identical vases. One narrow end reserve 
 
bears small flowering plant; the other is 
initialed "E" and dated 1737. Upper sur- 
 
face bears holes edged in small, curved 
dashes; trelliswork with crosses at inter- 
sections of lines. 
 
Published (one of pair): Lipski and Archer, 
Dated Delftware, no, 1591. 
Ex coil.: J. P Kassebaum. 
 
 
This flower container originally was one of an identical pair (for another
pair, 
see no. D374), and evidence suggests that sets of two vessels of this type
were 
not uncommon.' The bricks display a type of Chinese trelliswork-composed
of 
diagonal lines with superimposed narrow lozenges and sets of four dashes

filling the voids-that was popular on English delftware throughout much of
the 
eighteenth century (see nos. D335, D338).1 No exact match has been found,
but 
the flower vases on the bricks are somewhat like those on 1735 to 1750 tin-

glazed tiles attributed to London.' The floral end panels are somewhat similar

in shape and painting style (especially the foliage) to reserves on 1739
dated 
plates.' No other dated brick of this shape is recorded. 
 
 
1. The pair is illustrated in Lipski and Archer, 
Dated Delftware, nos. 1591-1591A. For sets and 
usage of bricks, see Archer and Morgan, China 
Dishes, no. 64; Archer, V&A, pp. 360 361; Austin, 
Delft, no. 634. 
2. For dated pieces, see ILipski and Archer, Dated 
Delftware, nos. 1522, 1528 (1757, 1774 tea canis- 
ters); no. 1775 (1768 watch stand). See also 
Archer, V&A, no. 1.7 (c. 1735 brick); Ray, Warren, 
pl 52, no. 100 (c. 1765 tea canister). 
3. Archer, V&A, col. pl. 292, nos. N.259-N.262. 
4. Lipski and Archer, Dated Delftware, nos. 
447 447A: and, for foliage only, no. 449. 
 
 
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