On Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, John Farkas and Connie Rose of Antiques and Estate Auctioneers, in Wellington, Ohio, will be showcasing one of the largest collections of flow blue in the U.S. This spectacular auction will feature more than 1,000 pieces of flow blue, as well as many fine antiques, furniture, lamps, mercury glass, and other oddities.
Flow blue was first popularized in the 1800s when pottery companies in Staffordshire, England determined that transfer printing on ironstone, provided an economical way to emulate the designs and exotic appeal of Chinese porcelain with its deep blue underglazing. The “flow” of the blue ink, was cleverly designed to conceal the edges of the transfer patterns. As the English potters continued to produce the transferware, the use of oriental motifs was prevalent and soon, they found many new collectors and aficionados in Europe, as well as the American marketplace.
The blue and white colors, with the depiction of classic landscapes, and lovely floral design have led to the vast appeal of flow blue pottery. Flow blue collectors also became collectors of Mulberry transferware as well. Mulberry ware was made in Staffordshire circa 1840-1860. The ironstone pottery pieces were decorated with a reddish brown transfer design, now called mulberry. Many of the patterns are similar to those used for flow blue and other Staffordshire transferware.
Among the many outstanding pieces which will be offered during the auction:
Lot 8 features a large flow blue platter in the Chusan Pattern by J. Clementson, (circa 1839-1864). The eight-sided platter has heavy flow, and exceptionally desirable color. The rim of the platter has an edging of triangle diaper design with scrolls alternating with pavilion scenes, and the central scene depicts two figures among pagodas and trees, as well as two birds flying above. The heavy ironstone platter measures approximately 12 inches by 16 inches.
Lot 24 features a very desirable three-piece Mulberry ware sauce set by Podmore, Walker & Co. (circa 1840-1850), in the Corean Pattern. The set contains the sauce dish, lid, and underplate. The dish measures approximately 7 1/2 inches by 7 inches; and the underplate is approximately 7 inches by 8 inches. The center scene displays a pagoda on an island, with parapet and steps leading to the water. A smaller island, with three pagodas appears in the distance. The foreground of the scene portrays a figure under a parasol. A large ship and broad, sweeping trees also appear in the striking oriental design.
Lot 50 is a lovely, large flow blue teapot in the Shapoo Pattern by Thomas Hughes (circa 1860-1870). The teapot measures approximately 10 inches high by 11 1/2 inches wide. The deep cobalt color, heavy flow, and attractive shape make this teapot a very desirable piece. The Shapoo pattern displays a center scene with two figures on a bridge. One figure is a musician with an up curved horn, and the other plays a long thin horn. Flower trees, a large palm tree, pagodas, and an island also appear in the attractive scene.
Lot 450 is a large flow blue covered vegetable dish in the Non Pareil Pattern by Burgess & Leigh, (circa 1891). The dish measures approximately 8 1/2 inches by 12 inches. The large covered dish stands on four molded feet, and the handle of the lid was designed as an open anemone with a bud and leaves. The end handles of the base of the dish are scroll formed, and floral sprays decorate the outer sides of the base. The large center scene in the foreground of the pattern portrays two women and a man on the banks of a river, with trees and bushes on the sides. The middle ground portrays a scene with several buildings as well as mountains, clouds, and a small bridge which crosses the river, and can be seen the distance. The excellent color and unique design of the dish make this an exceptionally appealing piece.
Lot 480 features a Mulberry ware large well & tree platter, in the Florentine Pattern by Thomas Dimmock, (circa 1844). This impressive well & tree platter measures approximately 15 3/4 inches by 19 1/2 inches. The design of this paneled, eight-sided platter is composed of large baroque scrolls around the rim, and then the design dips down into the bottom of the well and tree, and act as connecting sprays of roses, camellias, peonies ad carnations. The unique shape and the attractive mulberry ware design, make this large elegant platter a wonderful addition to any collection.
Antiques and Estate Auctioneers are located at 44777 St. Rt. 18 E., Wellington, Ohio. The gallery is a 10,000 square-foot building, which features a state-of-the-art 8-foot digital projection screen, and custom gallery lighting. Auctions are fully cataloged and offer live auction bidding, as well as incorporating a worldwide audience of internet bidders. They specialize in the sale of quality collections and estates. Their expert marketing techniques, attention to detail, and extensive research assures competitive prices resulting in today’s market values. Call John or Connie at 440-647-4007, or visit the website at www.estateauctioneers.com.