Here is a set consisting of three demilune flower pots or bough pots for forcing springtime bulbs. All are adorned with landscape panels of cottages and ruins in pink luster. Molded into the top rims are acanthus leaves. Pieces in this shape and by this artist have been attributed to the Hackwood company, and usually such pieces, like these, are not marked. William Hackwood & Son was an earthenware factory in Shelton, England, from 1818 until 1853. In addition to lustre wares, such as these, they made black basalt wares, caneware and a variety of blue-printed dishes of excellent quality. One lid is included, and it fits one of the smaller pots. It can be turned over so the circular bulb holders don’t show above the surface, or for symmetry’s sake it can be placed (with gaps) on the central pot with the bulb holders showing. The smaller pair stands six inches wide and five and one-quarter inches high, while the centerpiece stands eight and seven-eighths inches wide and eight and three-eighths high. They are all raised on spherical feet. These three pieces make quite an attractive set, though they probably didn’t start out together. One difference is that the panels of the larger planter are outlined with black, while the flanking pots have a panels outlined with pink luster. On the other hand, this may only be a slight decorating error by the painter at the time of manufacture. Another discrepancy is that one of the smaller pots has four scenes, while the other has three. On the plus side, obviously the purple landscape panels were all painted by the same hand and they display as a matched set in all other respects. The rustic decoration of the panels is in excellent shape. There is some wear to the luster on the top edges and a small crack on the top edge at the back of one of the pots (shown). The glaze, as usual, has crackled. The set was once part of the Gutman Collection. It is extremely rare to find three Staffordshire bough pots in such good condition.
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