RARE A & J KEELING (FORMERLY FACTORY "X") BLUE & WHITE WASTE BOWL
Staffordshire, England, 1785-1805
The beautifully and thinly potted bowl well painted with a version of a fenced island pattern. This pattern is discussed by Dr. Geoffrey Godden
in Godden's Guide to English Blue and White Porcelain (Antique Collectors' Club, 2004), where he also depicts a teapot and milk jug of this
pattern (Pl. 674, p.538), which he describes as "a rather naively painted Oriental island pattern, almost child-like in its rendering". Although this bowl
bears the same design, this painting is quite well and delicately executed in a soft grey-blue. It is fully pictured below, one side showing a pagoda with
tropical trees and "swastika" fences (one fence ending at a lingzhi), siding a garden gate with trees, the other side almost bearing homage to the
"three dot" painter, with an island before 3 sampans, one of which appears as a "dot", before an island with a pagoda and stylized trees,
and having a curious "entrance"? on the shoreline. The interior rim also features a "Fitzhugh" type border of flowerheads alternating with moths.
Concentric circles are incised verso. This pattern is apparently unique to the Staffordshire factory.
The bowl blacklights as soft paste porcelain, and is probably the hybrid paste rather than the later bone china in which Keeling is known to have worked.
Condition : Excellent without cracks, or restorations, one tiny pin-point nick to the inner rim, seen in the photos if you look very diligently
The two examples of this pattern in Mr. Godden's collection were not included in the sale of The Geoffrey Godden Collection of Blue and White Porcelain
held at Bonhams in London on June 30, 2010.
4-3/4" Wide x 2-1/2" High.
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Rare A&J Keeling (formerly known as Factory "X") Blue & White Waste Bowl, Staffordshire, England, c1785-1805, quite finely potted and painted