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Grigsby, Leslie B. (Leslie Brown) / The Longridge collection of English slipware and delftware. Delftware
Volume 2 (2000)

Other: other bowls and pierced dishes,   pp. 212-218


Page 218

 
D193. BOWL 
Dublin, Ireland 
Probably David Davis and Co. 
or Henry Delamain 
c. 1749-1760 
H.: 2 3/8" (6 cm); 
Diam.: 6 1/2" (16.5 cm) 
BODY CLAY: Fine-grained buff with 
scattered, small blow holes or cracks 
on exterior. 
TIN GLAZE: Slightly transparent 
bluish white with occasional pitting 
Overall, excluding footrim edge. 
SHAPE: Thrown or shaped over mold, 
with pierced rim. Flat bottom with tall, 
nearly cylindrical footrim, tapering 
inward on interior wall Two holes 
pierced in footrim. 
DECORATION: Painted (trees possibly 
cut-sponged). Landscape with tree- 
covered mound, broken tree, and dis- 
tant walls or hedgerows. On interior, 
piercing outlined with crosshatched 
circles with dot-filled gaps; on exterior, 
outlined in dots. 
A number of pierced bowls in several sizes are of exactly the same shape
as this example and show the same decoration around their borders.1 They
all 
share very similarly painted landscape scenes, some with figures and buildings.
At least three of the bowls have on the underside within the footrim a crowned
harp and the painted word Dublin.' These vessels are said to have been pre-
sented to either the Duke of Dorset or to Lord George Sackville in Ireland
about 
1753. The date recurs on a bowl with a landscape in the same style; the under-
side (within the footrim) is inscribed "Clay got over the Primate's
Coals-Dublin 
1753."3 
    In 1752 Captain Henry Delamain took over Dublin's only active pottery,
on 
the North Strand at "the World's End," from Davis and Company.
(After his 
death in 1757, Delamain's wife took over the factory, running it until 1760.)
It 
is known that Davis made "fruit baskets" and that a Mrs. Delaney
purchased a 
dozen of them for a friend in 1750. If, as seems likely, pierced bowls can
be iden- 
tified as fruit baskets, it is possible that the Longridge example and those
like 
it may have been made by both Davis and Delamain (see no. D192).4 
1. For examples, see Archer and Hickey, 
Irish Delftware, nos. 25 27; Austin, Delft, 
nos. 371-372. For a plate with similar 
decoration and pseudo-Chinese mark, 
see Archer, V&A, pl. 152, no. B.238. 
2. Museum of Ireland, Collection, pp. 24-25. 
3. Archer and Hickey, Irish Delftware, 
p. 38, no. 5 (British Museum collection). 
4. Archer, V&A, no. B.238, p. 568; Archer 
comments 11998). Mr. Archer is responsi- 
ble for much of the information included 
in this entry. 
218 The Longridge Collection 


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