An Exceptionally Fine Quality Identical Pair of English Grecian Style Mantle Vases by Samuel Alcock, circa second quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
Each Vase of baluster outline with twin scroll handles, ending on circular spreading base.
Superb hand decoration with Classical Grecian figures on an ivory ground with gilt highlights, the circular flared top rim above a lavishly decorated area of gilt and black depicting a band of Greek key and scrolls.
Marks: JSH and reg. No.9221 on both at base.
Condition: Good untouched condition with no losses, slight discolouration in small pale areas.
Height: 10” (25.25cm). Diameter: (at base) just over 3.25” (8.75cm).
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.