I know that Sowerby used the a peacock head as their trademark, but I can’t recall seeing such a ‘peacocky’ Sowerby piece before.
An exquisitely-detailed Sowerby pressed jet glass pedestal fan vase in the form of a peacock displaying its magnificent tail. From the front, the relief representation of the peacock is quite naturalistic, showing details of the bird’s body and of the fanned tail feathers with their ‘eyes’. The rear view of the peacock is much more stylised – the ‘rear end’ of the bird has transformed into an acanthus leaf within a beaded oval border, and each of the tail ‘feathers’ is decorated in detailed relief with naturalistic floral sprays. The underside of the foot bears the Sowerby peacock head trademark.
Dimensions: approx. 7.5 inches tall - main body measures approx. 7 x 2.5 inches - foot diameter approx. 3.5 inches.
(Permission for the re-use of these images on the GMB granted by Charlene Manley).
Obviously Sowerby (from the trademark), and post-1876 (from the introduction date of the trademark). I’m presuming a date of no later than 1890 (assuming that by then the vogue for jet glass was declining).
No registration marks to guide me, and I can’t see a similar piece in the Sowerby pattern books, or in Cottle, Hajdamach, Thompson, Slack or Manley. I no longer have copies of Murray or Lattimore to hand, and googling seems to have drawn a blank.
Any comments, suggestions, or guidance, please?