NOTE: NOTE: People have written us to say this item is by Doulton Lambeth, rather than Mortlake. We're confirming.
Spectacular find! First, let me mention a bit about the Mortlake pottery history. Long made in the Mortlake area, there were a number of potteries, several dating to 1700s. One of the earliest mentions of a potter working in the area, John Sanders (a Lambeth potter) began a new pottery manufactory in Mortlake in 1743, working mostly in tin glazes. Joseph Kishere, considered 2nd to open a pottery manufactory there, was one of the early ones who helped to form the cultural style of the pottery of the area. Sturdy, whimsical in decorative style, it's remained popular and indicative of other later pottery manufactories in Mortlake, to the point that this style of pottery is usually just referred to as "Mortlake". Most are unsigned.
This one dates c.1881, based on silver marks on the sterling rim. This is a large hunt and country manor-themed Mortlake salt glaze pottery item of rare form, fine condition. This is a rather large loving cup, 3 handles which are each hounds (perhaps dachshunds), and set with an English hallmarked .925 sterling silver rim which tells us the rim at least dates 1881. It is possible it was made later than the wine cooler (which we're quite certain is the original function), but at least the piece is of that age or earlier. It's that fabulous 2-tone natural pottery glaze and is bestowed with the most charming country scenes in bas relief encircling the pot. Best of all, it's truly in excellent condition without so much as a tiny chip to diminish your enjoyment or the future value of this fine museum piece. We have it pictured with a full-size wine bottle, so you can see how large it is. I did not locate the silversmith yet, but we know from the other marks, it was made in London in 1881, during the reign of Queen Victoria. LOVE those dogs, don't you? And instant favorite and will get some use here, I hope, before you buy it away from us.
Very good to excellent condition, without any evidence of any damage whatsoever to the old salt glazed pottery body nor the 3 charming dogs that form loving-cup handles on this large sized wine cooler. Silver rim has surface abrasions but no dents or dings. This one has been well treasured, and deserves to be on display at the Victoria & Albert in London - or in your home or mine. Isn't it fabulous! The piece measures 6.5" tall and is 6" in diameter, plus the extra width added by the sculpted pottery hound handles. The pottery is about .25" thick - heavy as a rock.
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