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Sale IT209 Lot 2259

circa 1810, impressed uppercase mark, of amphora form, the domed cover with hollow finial, raised on three legs headed by lion mask and ring terminals, the interior with a central glazed reservoir and small apertures, applied overall with 'rosso antico' acanthus leaves, bellflowers, florets and classical ornamentation, raised on a tripartite base, h: 7 1/2 in.

Provenance: The Oxborrow Collection.
Dreweatts 1759, Newbury, UK, 30 November 2016, lot 79.
Jeffrey Milkins Collection, no. 876.

Catalogue Note:
Pyrophorus vases were introduced at Wedgwood in 1810. The vessel was designed to hold slivers of wood tipped with sulfur (later a mixture of chlorate of potash, sugar and gum). Each sliver could be ignited when dipped into a small glass bottle of sulfuric acid, which was marketed with the vessel. The hollow finial on the cover could be utilized to hold a candle or taper stick. With the invention of sulfur-tipped matches, the form quickly became repurposed and adapted as an inkstand with quill holders. For similar examples see, Diane Edwards and Rodney Hampson, 'English Dry-bodied Stoneware, p. 89.
Estimate $1,500-2,000

Sold for $1,600.00

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