Suffragette Colors, Samuel Alcock Parian Ewer, C.1890-1920. This handsome Parian Ewer is a later remake of an 1847 Samuel Alcock piece. The figures depicted are “Naomi and Her Daughter in Laws”.
The ewer has a very elegant Art Nouveau look, with its slender shape and curving branch-like handle. The green color on the handle continues along the edge of the top, following its curves. At the base of the handle the color blends into green grass and small shrubs. Bright lavender floods the background with color that continues on the wonderful scalloped foot. All of that color contrasts beautifully with the white figures of three women, Naomi and Her Daughter in Laws, featured on both sides of the piece. Circles of white also dot the foot, following the scallop shape.
The colored outer surfaces have a matt finish creating a soft ground for the satin glazed white figures. Inside, a glossy glaze has been applied, making it useable for liquids.
It’s not a certainty that this is a suffragette piece but both the timeline and the colors work in its favor; and the portrayal of Naomi and Her Daughter in Laws, women without rights afforded to men, seems apropos.
SIZE: 6 3/8” high.
CONDITION: Excellent with no chips, cracks or repairs.