ASSORTED TUREENS AND ASSORTED HANDLES - from Gerard Ledger
I was hoping to do a piece on the handles on tureens but, with less material to hand than I felt I needed, I decided to send these three in for comment and/or identification.
The one at the top is possibly by Hamilton of Stoke. It has no marks and the footrim is concave and moulded to the underside of the base. The splendid open jaws of the lion head handles give a very good grip. The lid has a lion couchant, its right paw resting on a ball. It is gilded. (Later information confirms that this is The Opium Smoker pattern, by W. Mason. Bull 112. p.3.)
The second tureen, which is also unmarked, bears the Fallow Deer pattern and ought to be from ROGERS, but we would have expected lion handles. I do not have a lid for this one. (Minnie Holdaway shows a variety of handles on Rogers wares in her Occasional Paper, including the simple straps shown here and also later examples, although her example of Fallow Deer pattern, a centre piece from a supper set, shows a recumbent lion knop on its cover. Ed).
The third in my trio of tureens bears a pattern which I cannot place and some fairly distinctive looking handles. (It is in fact Guy's Cliff Warwickshire, by an unknown maker. See Dict II p. 101, which shows a plate and two salt cellars, which have similar handles to those illustrated here). The tureen itself is an interesting shape and the decoration of the footrim with what presumably is the border pattern from the flatware is also worthy of note. All comments on these pieces are welcome.
PS A plate of the same pattern as the third tureen is shown below as the final photograph. It shows that the figure beneath the building on the tureen is in fact an angler conversing with a friend. He holds a fish in his hand. The rim cartouches are all different and are fairly distinctive, although they do not come out well on the illustration, which is done directly from the scanner. The cartouche at the top of the plate shows what seems to be a gatehouse.
See also the previous bulletin web page which shows a distinctive Davenport handle.
The right handle is an old restoration.
This picture arrived via our web site and we do not know the teapot's size. We know it has an inset lid with a plain flat button knop, and that's about all. Can you help to identify the maker or the pattern? The pattern appears to show a couple of lads in bathing trunks contemplating a swim with the ducks, but that can't be right…….can it??