A rare pair of Coalport porcelain vases c.1802-1805. Each vase of slender classical form with scrolled handles, painted in London by Thomas Baxter ‘en grisaille’ with classical figures, reserved on a deep chocolate ground with panels of classical inspired gilt decoration, the neck with orange wreaths with a solid gold ground. Unmarked and unsigned but the final image shows a plate decorated with a similar classical design and signed T. BAXTER in the bottom left.
Note that Thomas Baxter also wrote and illustrated a book titled 'Egyptian, Grecian, and Roman Costume; in forty outlines, with descriptions, selected, drawn & engraved, by Thomas Baxter', London: 1810. Baxter was clearly influenced by the work of Thomas Hope.
A closely related vase, also signed and dated 1802, is illustrated by Geoffrey Godden, Coalport and Coalbrookdale Porcelain (1970), fig.95.
Condition: Hairline crack to the rim of one vase, restored break to the stem of the other vase and some wear to the gilt in places
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