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D EL F T WA R E iFlower Containers 
 
 
D374. FLOWER BRICK 
Bristol 
c. 1740 
 
 
H.: 3 1/2"(8.9 cm); 
L,: 6 1/8"(15.6 cm); 
w.: 2 5/8' (6.7 cm) 
 
 
BODY CLAY: Fine-grained pale buff. 
TIN GLAZE: Slightly blue-grayish 
white. Overall, excluding lower edge. 
S HA PE: Slab-constructed and pierced. 
Joining marks visible along interior 
intersections of walls and bottom. Two 
 
 
rows of three circular holes flank large 
square hole in recessed top. Similarly 
recessed bottom. 
DECORATION: Painted, Long sides 
bear nearly identical scenes of castle or 
fort on shore, with flying birds and four 
distant ships. Both ends bear similar 
flowering plants and, at corners, raylike 
motifs. Borders composed of single, 
 
 
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F 
 
 
large rectangles. Top bears trellis form- 
ing squares with V or X motifs at 
 
 
intersections and slashes across sides; 
 
 
scrolls run along two sides of square 
 
 
hole. 
 
 
Published (one of pair). Archer and Morgan, 
China Dishes, no. 63. 
Ex coil! B. and MI. Morgan. 
 
 
  Chis flower brick, like the one in the previous entry (no. D373), originally

formed part of a pair.' A variation on the scene shown here occurs on a Long-

ridge dish with decoration associating it with Bristol, and, in both cases,
the 
view is likely to represent a battle in the West Indies at which Vice Admiral

Vernon took Fort Chagres (see no. D97). The fort scene on the pair of bricks
is 
closest in style and details to one recurring in octagonal reserves on 1740
dated 
Bristol plates with initials and manganese powder grounds. The octagonal

reserve also occurs on a manganese powder ground flower brick that is similar

to the Longridge one in body shape and has similar piercing and painted pat-

terns on the top) (Square holes flanked by rows of round holes also appear
on1 
tops of other Bristol bricks but probably were not exclusive to that delftware

center.)4 Circular reserves showing the fort and ships are known on manganese

powder ground tiles.5 Flowering plants nmuch like those on the Longridge
brick 
ends are found on some plates that also probably are of Bristol origin.'

 
 
1. So4thebys (l), Morgan sale. (1), Novembe.r 20, 
1979, lot 22. 
2. 1I~pski and Archer, D~ated Delftware, nos. 465 
467A (see also Ray, Wartren, p1. 25, no0. 63-64). 
For undated plaites, see Aust in, I )eltt , no. 261, 
(,hristie's 11,.1 Glover sale. lone 14. 1988, lot 15 
lpixri. 
3I Austin, D)elft, no. 614. 
 
 
4. 1 kr Bristol, see Archers, V&AX, nos. 1.7- 1.8, 1.10 
1.11: Ibr Bristol and other centers. see Austin, 
eilft, nos. 634 635, 637, 640 641, 643, 652. 
5. Ray. Tiles. pp. 158 159, p1. 23, no. 226. 
6. See Britton, Blristol, no. 14.26. 
 
 
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