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Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« on: May 23, 2007, 03:20:43 PM »
Two pieces of Sowerby here , both with peacock marks.

First this blue (is this the colour I have seen referred to as Sorbini?) footed small bowl, with a thistle pattern.  Does the pattern have a specific name?

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-7162

Second, this is so lovely.  I have a feeling it might be a Walter Crane piece?  But I can't track down this design at all.

http://glassgallery.yobunny.org.uk/displayimage.php?pos=-7161

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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007, 04:11:09 PM »
Lynne — Yes, your wall pocket is from Walter Crane's The Baby's Opera, A Book of Old Rhymes with New Dresses, 1877.   Sowerby pattern number 1296, which dates it to early 1878.   Rather scarce, in my experience.

I thought that Sowerby used the term "malachite".   I can see thistles and a shamrock;  there should be roses somewhere on this patriotic piece.  I haven't found it yet, probably because the design wasn't registered.

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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2007, 04:16:02 PM »
Thank you Bernard!  It's very very pretty. 

Do you happen to know if that blue is the one I have seen called "Sorbini" on the thistle comport?



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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2007, 04:55:57 PM »
Lynne — Yes, your wall pocket is from Walter Crane's The Baby's Opera, A Book of Old Rhymes with New Dresses, 1877.   Sowerby pattern number 1296, which dates it to early 1878.   Rather scarce, in my experience.

I thought that Sowerby used the term "malachite".   I can see thistles and a shamrock;  there should be roses somewhere on this patriotic piece.  I haven't found it yet, probably because the design wasn't registered.

Bernard C.  8)

Ah, yes, now I look closely there are roses as well... at the bottom of the design immediately under the shamrocks. 

I think malachite refers to all the colours, the Sorbini blue seems to be the only one with a specific name, the others are just green, purple, grey.  It is a very bright Wedgwood blue (on the red side of the spectrum, if you know what I mean), not the usual slightly turquoisey one.


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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2007, 07:47:28 AM »
... but no leeks, a comparatively recent addition.

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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2007, 12:47:47 PM »
You'd think they would have SOMETHING for Wales - did it used to be classed as just another part of England?


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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2007, 07:34:31 PM »
Lynne, the daffodil was also used for Wales I think?

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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2007, 07:58:28 PM »
yes, I think so, Anne, but there isn't anything for Wales on this piece   :-\

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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2007, 07:55:40 AM »
Lynne, what's the motif around the rim? i can't quit make it out, look's a bit like corn.

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Re: Two pieces of Sowerby for assistance please
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2007, 09:09:00 AM »
The border immediately under the scalloped rim is of little entwined twigs (although they actually look like samphire!!) .  I've put another close up pic on - good supersize, so click on the middle of the gallery pic.

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