On offer is a charming little vase made by Samuel Alcock around the year 1835 during the Rococo Revival era. The vase has a maroon ground with burnt orange, duck egg green and gilt details, and a beautifully hand painted flower bouquet in its front reserve. 

 

Samuel Alcock was one of the many potters in Staffordshire such as Spode, Coalport, H&R Daniel and many others during the 1830s and 1840s. He was perhaps not the most well-known of potters but produced very high quality wares and original designs, often standing out for their bright choice of colours and beautiful shapes. The Alcock factory is not well documented so although they had a huge output, items are often mis-identified and we don't know much about the production process of artists, even though the wares have a very high quality that equals that of the more well known factories.

 

The vase is decorated in maroon, burnt orange and a dash of duck egg green, with a gorgeous hand painted flower bouquet in its front reserve. The vase is very narrow and clearly meant for only a few delicate flowers.

 

The Rococo style was originally a style of the 18th Century. After the Baroque style, which was highly symmetrical and well-designed as it aimed to express the perfection of God, the Rococo style was a reaction that expressed the unpredictability and flow of nature. "Rococo" is derived from the French word "rocaille", which stands for a mass of pebbles that are self-organised in a completely unpredictable mess, for instance on the beach or in the mountains. Rococo moved away from the stranglehold that religion had on the arts: it was capricious, asymmetrical, charming and worldly. As Europe got mired in various wars between Germany, France and Britain, the general style got much more austere again and people embraced neo-classicism. But in the 1830s and 1840s, the seemingly unlimited fortunes of the Industrial Revolution sparked a revival of Rococo, once again creating natural shapes that are not symmetrical and don't particularly make rational sense. This beautiful little vase is made in this style with its nicely shaped foot and rim; nothing about it seems very sensible but it is beautiful and perfectly serves its purpose.

 

The vase is unmarked, as was normal at the time, except the pattern number 5625.

 

CONDITION REPORT The vase is in good antique condition. The body of the vase is in perfect condition so it is safe for use filled with water. There is a little firing crack in the neck of the vase, see last picture, but this is not very visible and doesn't matter for its use. There is some wear throughout, as visible in the pictures.

 

Antique British porcelain is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS 23cm (9") high

Samuel Alcock small vase, maroon with flowers, Rococo Revival, ca 1835

SKU: A-ALC17
£125Price
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