ALBERT AMOR LTD.
THE RICHARD BULL
COLLECTION
OF FINE DERBY PORCELAIN
37 Bury Street, St James’s, London SW1Y 6AU
Thursday 2nd November - Friday 17th November 2017
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FROM THE COLLECTOR
Bulls and China Shops aren’t generally considered felicitous pairings but I hope you will
agree that the collaboration between this Bull and Albert Amor has produced something
rather more agreeable.
Being Derbyshire born and bred in parts associated with the manufacture of ceramics –
Langley Mill then Waingroves near Denby – provided a local footing to graduate on to the
appreciation of the finer charms of the Derby porcelain factory.
The collection presented here is the fruit of nearly twenty years’ pleasant labour which has
involved Albert Amor both as provider and unwittingly at least on one occasion as
competitor! I am pleased to cement this relationship in jointly presenting for your
consideration my collection of fine Derby porcelain.
Richard Bull
October 2017
FOREWORD
It is 40 years since Albert Amor produced a catalogue devoted to Derby porcelain, so
it is appropriate that the Richard Bull Collection includes four pieces from the
celebrated William 'Quaker' Pegg dessert service exhibited here in 1977.
This collection I think shows well the superb quality of both the Derby porcelain
bodies in the period 1775-1795, and also the wonderfully talented artists who worked
there at that time. At a period when the Sevres factory was producing exceptional
pieces in Paris, no other English factory came as close to emulating their wares than
Derby, with superb coloured grounds, exceptionally detailed painting, and fine gilding
and jewelling.
I hope that this catalogue will interest not only existing collectors of Derby, but also
collectors of other factories, who have perhaps not appreciated the quality and
sophistication of the finest Derby pieces.
Please do contact me if I can provide further details on any pieces. All exhibits are for
sale from the publication of this catalogue.
Mark Law
London. October 2017
mark@albertamor.co.uk
1.
A Derby botanical plate, finely painted in
coloured enamels with ‘Solanum
Tuborosum, or Pottatoe Blossom’(sic), the
fluted cream ground border with radiating
gilt bands, gilt line rim, 9” diameter, circa
1785, crowned crossed batons mark in blue
and pattern number 260
2.
A fine Derby ‘D’ shaped bough pot and flat pierced cover, with two gilt ram’s head
handles, well painted in coloured enamels with a named view of ‘Dalkeith Palace, a
seat of the Duke of Buccleugh, Scotland’, within a gilt canted rectangular panel, on a
pink ground, 9 5/8" wide overall, circa 1790, crowned crossed batons mark in blue and
titled in blue beneath
Provenance; The Collection of Mary Sayles Booker Braga
3.
The Chedworth Jug. An important Derby ovoid
jug, with straight neck and ‘C’ scroll handle,
finely painted in black and sepia with a battle
scene with numerous mounted figures, figures on
foot, and a wagon, within an oval gilt panel, and
with gilt berried leaf bands, 8" high, circa 1790,
crowned crossed batons mark in puce and
gilder’s number 8 for William Longdon
Provenance;
Mary Field Collection
Rowland Williams Collection
Illustrated; John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain,
1980, colour plate 23, and Derby Porcelain, An
Illustrated Guide, 2002, colour plate 20
John Twitchett makes reference to Joseph Lygo’s
letters of 1790, where he refers to a ‘battle print
with figures on horseback’, assumed to be the
source print for this jug. This jug was purchased
at a house sale in Chedworth, Gloucestershire,
and no comparable decoration has been recorded
4.
A Derby ovoid teapot and cover, with loop
handle and pointed knop, painted in gilt with
pendant flower head and leaf bands, within
salmon and gilt line borders, 6 3/8" high, circa
1785, crowned crossed batons mark in puce
and pattern number 82
5.
A Derby ‘Bacchus mask’ mug, with loop
handle, finely modelled, and picked out in
coloured enamels, within gilt line and dentil
borders, 3 5/8" high, circa 1785, crowned
crossed batons mark in puce
6.
An unusual Derby tea bowl, particularly
finely painted in coloured enamels with
flowers and leaves, beneath a black and green
border of diaper panels and ‘C’ scrolls, 3 ¼"
diameter, circa 1780-85, blue crowned D
mark
See Gilbert Bradley, Derby Porcelain 17501798, number 58, for a teapot and cover from
a cabaret set in this pattern
8.
A fine Derby Bute Shape tea cup and
saucer, well painted in coloured
enamels with ‘Cromford Cotton Mill,
Derbyshire’ and ‘Near Dalton,
Lancashire’, within blue, black and
gilt ‘pearl’ bordered panels, the bright
yellow ground with pale blue and gilt
‘pearl’ rims, circa 1790, crowned
crossed batons marks and titled in
blue
Cromford Cotton Mills is the home
of Sir Richard Arkwright’s first mill
complex, birth place of the modern
factory system and now a Unesco
World Heritage Site
See Anthony Hoyte, The Charles
Norman Collection of 18th Century
Derby Porcelain, page 64, for a very
similar cup and saucer, with
unidentified views
7.
A Derby coffee cup, with notched loop
handle, finely painted in Chinese famille rose
style with figures amongst tables and stands,
within oval cartouches, the gilt leaf scroll
ground panelled with iron red and puce
flowers and trees, 2 ½" high, circa 1768, no
mark
9.
A Derby large Porter mug, with wishbone shaped
handle, painted in coloured enamels, probably by
Robert Brewer, with a named view of Warwick
Castle, flanked by gilt urns, cornucopia and leaf
scrolls, the rim with monogram ‘JF’ in gilt, within a
leaf scroll band, 5 ½" high, circa 1815, crowned
crossed batons mark in red and titled in red beneath
10.
A Derby Porter mug, with wishbone shaped
handle, finely painted in coloured enamels
with a figure in a lane in a wooded
landscape, with a thatched cottage and a city
in the distance, within a gilt rectangular
panel, the bright yellow ground with gilt line
borders, 4 3/8" high, circa 1795, blue crowned
crossed batons mark and titled in blue ‘Near
Edinburgh, Scotland’
11.
A Derby Porter mug, with wishbone shaped
handle, painted in coloured enamels by
Robert Brewer, with a river landscape, with
buildings and an obelisk in the distance,
within a gilt rectangular panel, flanked by
gilt vases and leaf scrolls, the turquoise
ground with gilt line borders, 4 ½" high,
circa 1815, crowned crossed batons mark in
red
Provenance; English Private Collection
Exhibited; The International Ceramics Fair
and Seminar, 1992, number 2
12.
An unusual Derby Porter
mug, with wishbone shaped
handle, finely painted in
coloured enamels with a
cluster of flowers and fruits,
flanked by bold gilt leaf
scrolls, within salmon
ground borders, 4 3/8" high,
circa 1800-10, crowned
crossed batons in puce
13.
A Derby small Porter mug, with wishbone shaped handle, painted in coloured
enamels by William Cotton with a figure in a wooded landscape, a castle on an
outcrop beyond, within a gilt rectangular panel flanked by gilt leaf scrolls, 2 7/8"
high, circa 1815, crowned crossed batons mark in red and titled In Westmoreland’
Provenance; English Private Collection
Exhibited; International Ceramics Fair and Seminar, 1992, number 24
14.
A Derby plate, painted in coloured enamels,
probably by William Billingsley, with a spray
of flowers and leaves, the spirally fluted
border with blue and gilt bands, 8 ½"
diameter, circa 1790, crowned crossed
batons mark in puce and pattern number 100
15.
A Derby plate, painted in coloured enamels
by Edward Withers, with a spray of flowers
and leaves, the fluted pale lilac ground
border with gilt line and dentil bands, 7 ½"
diameter, circa 1785, crowned crossed
batons mark in puce and pattern number 219
16.
A Derby plate, painted by John Wardle with
three full blown pink roses and leaves, within
a gilt laurel band, the fluted rim with pale
green and gilt bands, 9" diameter, circa 17951800, crowned crossed batons mark in red
and pattern number 232
See John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain, colour
plate 60, for a sauce tureen, cover and stand
by Wardle in this pattern
18.
A very fine Derby coffee can and saucer,
well painted in coloured enamels with cupid
asleep on a cloud, his bow, quiver and roses
at his side, within a gilt oval panel, and with
barbed and rectangular panels of pink roses
and leaves, on black grounds, probably
painted by William Billingsley, on a gilt star
and dot ground, the can 2 ½" high, circa
1795, crowned crossed batons marks in puce
and gilder’s numeral 3 for William Cooper
See W D John, plate 35A
See Anthony Hoyte, The Charles Norman
Collection of 18th Century Derby Porcelain,
page 39, for a coffee can and saucer painted
with a seated putto, the decoration there
attributed to George Complin
17.
A Derby plate, painted in coloured enamels
with ‘Embothrium sericeum’, within a gilt
laurel band, the chocolate brown border with
gilt bands, 10" diameter, circa 1795, crowned
crossed batons mark in blue and pattern
number 315
19.
A Derby coffee can, very finely painted in
coloured enamels, probably by James
Banford, with ‘Cupid Disarmed by
Euphrosyne’, after Angelica Kauffmann,
within a gilt geometric rectangular panel,
on a lavender ground, the interior with a
gilt leaf scroll band, 2 ½" high, circa
1795, crowned crossed batons mark in
blue, pattern number 207 and titled in
blue
See Anthony Hoyte, The Charles
Norman Collection of 18th Century
Derby Porcelain, page 13, for a bough pot
and cover painted by Banford with the
same subject.
20.
A very fine Derby coffee can
and saucer, brilliantly
painted in coloured enamels
by George Complin with two
Chaffinches amidst a still life
of fruit on a shaded ground,
within a ribbon tied gilt stiff
leaf square panel, the fawn
ground with gilt stars and
roundels of full blown pink
roses and leaves, the can 2
½" high, circa 1790, crowned
crossed batons marks in puce
and impressed G beneath the
can and H beneath the saucer
See John Twitchett, Derby
Porcelain, colour plate 30,
for another can and saucer
painted by Complin, and
also impressed G and H
21.
A Derby plate, painted, possibly by William Billingsley, with a full blown pink rose, flowers
and leaves, within a gilt dot roundel, the fluted salmon ground border with a gilt pendant
flower head band, 8 ¾" diameter, circa 1795, crowned crossed batons mark in puce and
pattern number 65
This pattern is often referred to as The Prince of Wales Service
See John Murdoch and John Twitchett, Painters and the Derby China Works, page 51, where
they record a note from the Lygo Papers that King George III and Queen Charlotte were
shown a service in this pattern in 1797, and purchased it for the Royal Household
22.
A pair of Derby plates, each decorated in gilt with a flower spray, within a blue and gilt leaf
roundel, the spirally fluted border decorated in white enamel and gilt with flower heads, on a
blue ground band, gilt dentil rim, 9 1/8" diameter, circa 1790, crowned crossed batons marks
in puce, pattern number 69 and gilder’s numeral 3
23.
A Derby plate, finely painted in coloured enamels with a
variegated tulip, within a gilt line rim, 8 ¾" diameter, circa
1815, crowned crossed batons mark in red and titled ‘Tulip’
24.
A Derby plate, finely
painted in coloured
enamels with a Peony,
the spirally fluted orange
ground border decorated
in gilt with trailing
flowers and leaves, 9 ¼"
diameter, circa 1800,
crowned crossed batons
mark in blue and titled
‘Poeany (sic)’ verso
See Gilbert Bradley,
Derby Porcelain, 17501798, number 106, for
another plate from this
service, in Derby
Museum and Art
Gallery
25.
A pair of Derby plates, finely painted in coloured enamels, probably by George Robertson,
with bridges and buildings in extensive river landscapes, within square gilt leaf bordered
panels, the bright green ground with gilt line and leaf bands, 9 ¼" diameter, circa 1795, blue
crowned crossed batons marks, pattern number 254 and titled in blue ‘View near Landaff,
South Wales’(sic) and ‘Keswick Lake, Cumberland’
26.
A rare Derby plate, painted en
grisaille with three putti and a
goat, on a red ground, within a
gilt geometric band, the fluted
border with trailing gilt flowers
and leaves, 9 1/8" diameter, circa
1795, crowned crossed batons
mark in gilt
27.
A Derby coffee cup, painted in coloured enamels,
probably by Zachariah Boreman, with three figures
and a dog in a rocky landscape, within a gilt oval
panel, gilt line borders, 2 ½" high, circa 1790,
crowned crossed batons mark in blue and titled
‘Near Cromford, Derbyshire’
Compare this view of Cromford Mill with that on
number 8 in this catalogue
28.
A pair of Derby soup plates, from the Duke
of Northumberland Service, each finely
painted in coloured enamels by William
Billingsley, with scattered full blown pink
roses and leaves, the turquoise ground oeilde-perdrix border with three sprays of pink
roses and leaves, each within an oval gilt
panel, 9 ¾" diameter, circa 1795, crowned
crossed batons marks in puce
The Northumberland Service was originally
ordered from Derby in the 1780’s, and was
decorated by Edward Withers. In 1790, the
Duke then placed a further order for twenty
matching soup plates, and these were
painted by Billingsley
29.
A Derby soup plate, the border painted,
probably by William Billingsley, with a band
of full blown pink roses, buds and leaves, on
a pale blue dotted ground, within gilt line
borders, 9 ¾" diameter, circa 1795, crowned
crossed batons mark in puce
30.
A pair of Derby ‘Monnlight’ plates, each painted en grisaille, probably by John Brewer, with
numerous vessels and figures, within a gilt roundel, and with three puce, green and gilt leaf
sprays, the indented border with further leaf sprays, within moulded gilt lobed cartouches, on
a green, puce and gilt flower head panelled band, 9 ¼" diameter, circa 1795, crowned crossed
batons marks in puce and pattern number 204
Number 31 to 34 decorated with the ‘Blenheim Pattern’
31.
A large Derby oval meat dish, painted
in coloured enamels by George
Robertson with figures in a lane, in a
wooded mountainous landscape,
within a gilt oval panel, the barbed rim
with a band of scrolling gilt leaves,
and blue, pink and yellow flower
heads, 20” wide, circa 1797-1800,
crowned crossed batons mark in blue,
pattern number 178 and titled ‘View in
Wales’
32.
A Derby oval meat dish, painted in coloured enamels by George
Robertson with a large tree and buildings on the banks of the
Thames, within a gilt oval panel, the barbed rim with a band of
scrolling gilt leaves, and blue, pink and yellow flower heads, 10 ¼"
wide, circa 1797-1800, crowned crossed batons mark in blue,
pattern number 178 and titled ‘View of part of Twickenham’
Provenance; Roland Hembrow Collection
See John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain, colour plate 57, for a sauce
tureen and cover in this pattern, also painted by George Robertson
33.
A Derby plate,
painted in coloured
enamels by George
Robertson with a
country house in a
wooded landscape,
within a gilt roundel,
the barbed rim with a
band of scrolling gilt
leaves, and blue, pink
and yellow flower
heads, 9 ½" diameter,
circa 1797-1800,
crowned crossed
batons mark in blue,
pattern number 178
and titled ‘Brockley
Park’
34.
A Derby plate, painted in coloured enamels by George
Robertson with a figure in a boat in a wooded river landscape,
within a gilt roundel, the barbed rim with a band of scrolling
gilt leaves, and blue, pink and yellow flower heads, 9 ½"
diameter, circa 1797-1800, crowned crossed batons mark in
blue, pattern number 178 and titled ‘Beau Park, County of
Meath’
Provenance; Rowland Williams Collection, number 219A
35.
A pair of Derby diamond shaped dishes, finely painted in coloured enamels with ‘Rudbeckia
Purpurea, Purple Rudbeckia’ and ‘Althae Frutrex’, each within a gilt laurel band, the bright
yellow ground border with gilt bands, 10 ¾" wide, circa 1795, crowned crossed batons marks
in blue, pattern number 216 and each titled in blue
36.
A pair of Derby lobed round dishes, each painted in coloured enamels by William
Billingsley with full blown pink roses, buds and leaves, within a gilt laurel band, the
bright green ground border with gilt bands, 8 ¾" diameter, circa 1790, crowned
crossed batons marks in puce and pattern number 232
37.
A pair of Derby plates, of Duke of Newcastle type, each painted in coloured
enamels by William Billingsley with three sprays of flowers and leaves, the barbed
border with gilt line rim, 9 ¼" diameter, circa 1790, crowned crossed batons marks
in puce, pattern number 80 and gilder’s number 2 for Joseph Stables
Provenance; John Harrison Hood Collection
38.
A Derby plate, superbly
painted in coloured
enamels by William
‘Quaker’ Pegg with
‘Hibiscus Speciosus,
Broom’, within a gilt line
rim, 8 ¾" diameter, circa
1813-15, crowned crossed
batons mark in red, titled
in red verso and number
23
Provenance; From the
celebrated Derby Quaker
Pegg decorated service
exhibited for sale by
Albert Amor Limited in
1977, each plate from the
service numbered verso
from 1-24
39.
A Derby plate, superbly
painted in coloured
enamels by William
‘Quaker’ Pegg with
‘Major Daffodil, & Aloe
Humilis’, within a gilt
line rim, 8 ¾" diameter,
circa 1813-15, crowned
crossed batons mark in
red, titled in red verso
and number 14
Provenance; From the
celebrated Derby Quaker
Pegg decorated service
exhibited for sale by
Albert Amor Limited in
1977, each plate from the
service numbered verso
from 1-24
40.
A Derby plate, superbly
painted in coloured enamels
by William ‘Quaker’ Pegg
with ‘Indian Chrysanthemum,
& Peacock Iris’, within a gilt
line rim, 8 ¾" diameter, circa
1813-15, crowned crossed
batons mark in red, titled in
red verso and number 17
Provenance; From the
celebrated Derby Quaker Pegg
decorated service exhibited for
sale by Albert Amor Limited
in 1977, each plate from the
service numbered verso from
1-24
41.
A Derby fluted lozenge shaped dish, superbly painted in coloured enamels by William
‘Quaker’ Pegg with ‘Gum Cistus Anemone & Yellow Jessamine’, within a gilt line rim, 11 ¼"
wide, circa 1813-15, crowned crossed batons mark in red and titled in red verso
Provenance; From the celebrated Derby Quaker Pegg decorated service exhibited for sale by
Albert Amor Limited in 1977, the service including four dishes of this shape
42.
A rare Derby biscuit porcelain cased mantel clock, modelled as Diana the Huntress, holding
a bow, a hound at her side, on a rocky mound containing a gilt metal cased round white
enamel dial, with blue numerals, on breakfront base applied with gilt metal flower head
mounts and a pierced trellis band, on turned and beaded feet, the French twin train striking
movement with silk suspension, and outside countwheel with pendulum, 12 ¾" high, circa
1785, incised crowned crossed batons mark and number 17 and initial B
43.
A rare pair of Coalport ice pails, each with two loop handles, very finely London decorated
with ‘Auricula’ ‘Orange Tree’, ‘Thistle’ and ‘Lavatera’, beneath a broad pale yellow band,
and gilt line and stiff leaf borders, 6 ¼" high, circa 1805, each titled in red beneath and with
rare Coalbrookdale marks in red
Provenance; C R Pilkington Collection
Exhibited; Coalport China Works
Illustrated; Michael Messenger, Coalport, plates 86 and 87
See G A Godden, Coalport and Coalbrookdale Porcelains, plate 26, for a dessert service
matching these ice pails in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen
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