An Exceptionally Fine Quality Identical Pair of English Grecian Style Mantle Ewers- Vases by Samuel Alcock depicting “Nuptials of Paris & Helen", circa second quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
Each ewer of baluster outline with single scroll handle, ending on circular spreading base with decorative "Greek Key" detail.
Superb hand decoration with Classical Grecian figures on a pale pink and light cream ground.
Marks: S.A.& Co. for Samuel Alcock 1830-1859 on both at bases.
Condition: Good untouched condition with no losses. Light hairline on one handle (see final image).
Height: 9.25” (23.5cm). Width: (at widest) 3.75” (9.5cm). Depth: (at widest) 3.75" (9.5cm).
Samuel Alcock: Despite the fact that the firm of Alcock was very large by comparison with many other Staffordshire factories, their wide range of porcelains have only in recent years attracted the serious collector.
Samuel Alcock owned the Hill English Pottery at Burlsem as well as another factory at Colbridge. The name is more readily associated with red earthenwares with black decoration in the style of early Grecian wares.
In 1883 the factory employed more than 400 workers and their 20 kilns equalled those in use by Minton.
Alcock displayed his wares at the 1851 Great Exhibition showing a collection of Dinner Services, Tea Sets, Spill Vases, Single Figures and Groups.