Minton Majolica Cobalt-Blue Ground Victoria Wine Cooler and Cover
Shape no. 631, designed by Pierre-Emile Jeannest
Of tapering cylindrical form, the rim molded with alternating fox and ram heads suspending draped pelts, the sides with fruiting grapevine centering relief molded views of two hunters capturing a bear, the base with four young hunt figures and hounds bringing down either a stag or a fox, the cover with two vintagers flanking a barrel supporting a basket overflowing with ripe grapes. Height 25 inches.
The only cobalt-blue example extant. Historically this form was part of a service given by Queen Victoria to the Emperor of Austria and takes its name in her honor and from this patronage. The designer, Pierre-Emile Jeannest (1813-1857), was employed at Minton's, circa 1848, and is known for modeling both figures and wares. He was the son of a French bronzier and a pupil of Delaroche.
Majolica International Society, Karmason Library, no. KL001511.
Marilyn G. Karmason with Joan B. Stacke, Majolica, A Complete History and Illustrated Survey, New York, 1989, p. 43.
The Art Journal Illustrated Catalogue the Industry of All Nations 1851, p. 116, for an engraving of this model, also made in stoneware and in parian as part of a dessert service. The Victoria & Albert Museum, Accession Number: 2773&A-1901 (buff stoneware) and 7261&A-1861 for a 'Palissy' example with majolica glazes. Joan Jones, Minton: Two Hundred Year of Design & Production, p. 156 (brown). KL000462 (buff stone). Victoria and Albert Museum / Thomas Goode & Co., Minton 1798-1910, 1976, color pl. 2, cat. P2, p. 94 (buff stone).
C The Joan Stacke Graham Majolica Collection
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