VERY Rare Silver Overlay Vase Brown Transferware Mountain Scene Pastoral Jenny Lind
Brand AJ Wilkinson
VERY Rare Large Silver Overlay Vase
BROWN POLYCHROME TRANSFER WARE VASE
Royal Staffordshire Jenny Lind by AJ Wilkinson / Clarice Cliff Dinnerware
For consideration is this scenic vase from Royal Staffordshire in the Jenny Lind pattern. The pattern depicts people in Victorian dress looking through a telescope towards the mountains.
The brown transfer is hand painted in shades of green, gold, blue and burgundy, all under glaze so it is permanent. There is a silver overlay acanthus leaf design around the inner rim/wall of the piece and around the scene itself. The glaze has a greenish hue. These are VERY RARE and hard to find! I've never come across a vase before in all the years I've been selling transferware and seeking out pieces such as this with the overlay. They are a wonderful, wonderful addition to any transferware collector, but especially to those of you who collect this pattern. I seldom come across the pieces with the silver overlay.
Condition is excellent. No chips or cracks, mild crazing in the glaze. Appears to have not been used.
Measures: 7" tall x 6" diameter
A.J. Wilkinson (Arthur J. Wilkinson, Royal Staffordshire Pottery) was a pottery or potbank at Newport in Burslem, owned by the Shorter family since 1894. A sprawling complex of bottle ovens, kilns and production shops, it lay beside the Trent and Mersey Canal, the artery which provided it with coal and the raw materials for earthenware. In its heyday it employed 400 manual workers.
The pottery had formerly been operated in turn by Hopkin & Vernon, Hulme & Booth, Thomas Hulme, Burgess & Leigh, and Richard Alcock, who enlarged the works extensively. On Alcock's death in 1881, the owners became Wilkinson & Hulme and in 1885 to Arthur J. Wilkinson.
The works at first produced earthenware for the home market, but later operations concentrated on white graniteware for the United States. Wilkinson introduced gold lustre on graniteware so was one of the first to introduce this overlay type pottery with metals. In about 1896 A. J. Wilkinson took over the Royal Staffordshire Pottery in Burslem.
The pottery was managed by Colley Shorter, an affluent Victorian and his brother Guy. Colley, whose full name was Arthur Colley Austin Shorter (1882-1963). He moved in exclusive circles and had a taste for antiques and fine furnishings. His second wife was the famed ceramic designer Clarice Cliff.
In 1920 Business had expanded so much, that the firm of A.J. Wilkinson was able to take over another neighbouring pottery which came to be known as the Newport Pottery Co.
In 1964 The factory was sold to Midwinter.
Johanna Maria Lind better known as Jenny Lind, was a Swedish-born opera singer, often known as the "Swedish Nightingale". She is known for her performances in soprano roles in Sweden and Europe, as well as for an extraordinarily popular tour of America beginning in 1850 promoted by P T Bailey (Barnum & bailey), and for her philanthropic work. Her fame garnered many commemorative items of which many still are produced and named after her toda
*last photo show some of the other pieces I have with the silver overlay and green hued glaze