Chelsea Porcelain Documentary 'Goat and Bee' Milk Jug
Circa 1745-49, incised triangle and script Chelsea mark, designed by Nicholas Sprimont
Of pear-shape enameled in colors, the base of the jug slip-cast with two opposing recumbent goats resting on an irregular mound base, one with fur markings in brown, the other spotted in grey, beneath the curved spout a large yellow winged black bee rests on a relief-molded spray of a tall blossoming tea plant, the applied handle naturalistically modeled as a foliate oak branch.
Height 4 3/16 inches.
Mrs. Radford, Lested Lodge, Well Walk, Hampstead.
Sotheby's, London, 3 November 1943, lot 86.
D.M. & P. Manheim, New York City, April 1949.
Antiques, May 1949, Volume LV, No. 5, p. 325.
Nicholas Sprimont was born in Liege, a French-speaking region of Flanders. He was active in London between 1716-1771.
While all recorded polychrome examples seem to be marked with the incised triangle and sometimes a date, the present jug appears to be the only one extant with both an incised triangle and Chelsea in script.
For a similarly marked documentary white example from the Katz Collection, see the Museum Fine Arts Boston, accession no. 1988.700. www.mfa.org/collections/object/goat-and-bee-cream-jug-54402. Another at the British Museum, London, no. 1887,0307,II.16. For a similarly enameled example, see the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, accession no. 2875-1901.
C Estate of Sarah Belk Gambrell
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