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Large Burmantofts Faience Vase, Hand Painted in Barbotine or Impasto c.1890, British Art Pottery
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This elegant large vase is made in earthenware clay, hand painted using coloured liquid clays (slip), and then fired under a transparent lead glaze. The method of making is often known as barbotine after the French word for slip. The vase is the work of the Burmantofts studio near Leeds, England, which produced a wide range of art pottery between 1880 and 1904, a departure from the pottery's usual output of construction materials. During this period, art pottery had found a lucrative middle class market for good quality home furnishings, and Burmantofts wares were sold by major retailers such as Liberty's and Harrods. Barbotine ware, painted by major artists including Edgar Degas, had been produced to great approval by companies such as Haviland of Limoges, and was shown off at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition in 1876. The technique was taken up by the Rookwood pottery in the USA and several English potteries besides Burmantofts. It suited large forms and a broad painterly style. On this vase, the irises are almost in semi relief, having been applied by both brush and palette in the manner of an oil painting (a technique called impasto). On the base the vase has the impressed mark 'Burmantofts Faience', the shape number 1049 and the painter's number 2236. Examples of this kind in good condition are hard to find and this one has a particularly striking design.
39 cm (15.25 inches) tall.
Chester's Farm Antiques has clarified that the Large Burmantofts Faience Vase, Hand Painted in Barbotine or Impasto c.1890, British Art Pottery (LA225867) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c1890
Overall the vase is in very good condition but there are some very small glaze losses, which have been filled and touched in - two on the rim and a slightly larger one on the foot-rim. With the repairs these are visible but not noticeable. Otherwise no chips cracks or restoration, light crazing overall as expected, clean on the inside. Please note that the colours tend to vary in different lights. Most of the photos were taken in daylight - in lamp light the vase tends to show more of an ochre yellow. Please also note that white patches are reflections.
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