A pair of fine quality black-glazed (“Jackfield” type) earthenware candlesticks. Dark reddish clay body. Decorated with on-glaze printed designs in a brick red colour. The prints of various classical Greek figures include: a woman plying a lyre, a woman holding a shallow dish, a woman sitting on a 3 legged stool holding an open box, a woman sitting near an urn or vase whilst pouring from a small jug, and a bare-chested man with a spear holding a footed shallow dish / bowl. The upper rims and base rims have a band of printed tongue type decoration. There are lines of gold gilding around the feet, lower bodies’ ridges, upper bodies’ ridges and edges of sconces.
The bases are marked with painted enamel numbers “312”.
It was previously believed, based upon the statements of the late Audrey Dudson, that these and other enamelled Jackfield type wares were made by Dudson. However there is no evidence to back up her claims. There are similarly decorated pieces which bare an impressed mark “EBONY” and also a printed “ETRURIA” mark, which is likely the name the manufacturer gave to this particular type of ware and style of decoration. latest research suggests that many of these wares with fractional number marks, were made by Ridgways, Bedford Works, Shelton, Hanley c.1879-1920. However many bare non-fractional number marks and there were many other manufacturers including Samuel Alcock & Co., Cobridge c.1830-1859, and others who made similar wares.
The final group image shows a similar coop shape inkwell for comparison only.
Pot ID: AP/1081 + 1082
Dimensions: 181mm high.
Net Weight (grams): 332 + 324
One has a small chip on top edge of sconce and some wear to gilding. The other has a few miniscule fleabites around inside of foot, plus a very small chip on ridge around lower body. Both close to perfect.