glasswipe — on November 11 2011 all we knew about the 2614 elephant range by Sowerby was that it comprised:
- A small three-piece flower set with a footed bowl,
- The bowl from this set almost certainly either sold on its own and/or as a 1+6 fruit set with the large bowl,
- A large three-piece flower set with an unfooted bowl and a waisted plinth,
- The bowl from this set almost certainly either sold on its own and/or as a 1+6 fruit set with the small bowls,
- A sugar and cream,
- A rare tray sold as a three piece set with the sugar and cream.
All had elements in common, were by the same brilliant designer or design team, and sculpted by the same mouldmaker. We know that they all had the same pattern number as that's the way Sowerby always did it. All the range was well known except for the tray.
You then amazed us with a completely unexpected new product in the 2614 range. Fabulous.
... and we now have a photograph of the tray, completing the documentation of the newly expanded 2614 range.
We haven't strayed from the Sowerby 2614 range at all. I'm left with admiration for Sowerby's designer(s) and the mouldmaker who cleverly combined elements of the elephant theme to suit practical products. Your butter dish has been viewed 470 times at the time of writing without another being reported, confirming its status as a wonderful Sowerby rarity.
I'm sorry about your obvious distress, but I don't understand it, and I hope this explanation will go some way to help you see why this topic has developed the way it has.