Scenes After Constable Black English Transferware Coffee Pot Constable Cottage in a Cornfield Windmill Sheep


Brand Grindley


For consideration is this hard to find coffee or tall tea pot by Grindley of England. Taken from John Constables 1833 paintings the lid depicts "A Cottage in A Cornfield" and the body of the pot depicts "A Boat Passing A Lock". Beautifiul detail!

Measures appx 8 1/2" tall x 9 1/2" spout to handle

Condition: No chips, cracks and only some minor crazing commensurate with age. Glaze has darkened to a creamy color givng a nice patina.

John Constable's father was a wealthy Suffolk miller. Constable's truthfulness to nature and devotion to his native scene have passed into legend. Less widely known, however, is his biographer's report that it was seeing Claude's Hagar and the Angel (now in the National Galleery, London) and watercolours by Girtin which first provided him with 'pictures that he could rely on as guides to the study of nature'. Ruisdael, Rubens, Wilson and Annibale Carracci were among other 'reliable guides' whose work he copied as a young man. He also learned from contemporary painters, never forgetting the advice given him by Benjamin West, the President of the Royal Academy: 'Always remember, sir, that light and shadow never stand your skies... always aim at brightness...even in the darkest effects...your darks should look like the darks of silver, not of lead or of slate.'

Constable's youthful exclamation, 'There is room enough for a natural painture [i.e. style of painting]', must be understood not as the outpouring of a 'natural painter' but as the proclamation of an aspiring student struggling for proficiency in the language of art, which shaped his deepest feelings before he could give expression to them.