Samuel Alcock Porcelain Neo Classical Ewer c.1857, Depicting The Nuptials of Paris and Helen
Height: 22cm (8.5inches)
The porcelain ovoid shape ewer with loop handle, the body decorated in transferware depicting the nuptials of Paris and Helen, above and below these designs Greek-style ornament, the handle terminating with a winged mask below.
Provenance: The Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan Collection
Peter Rose and Albert Gallichan were pioneering collectors of 19th Century fine and decorative arts and this unique collection was a shared passion assembled over the course of a lifetime from the 1950s onwards. The collection was regarded and recognised as academically important, a number of bequests of both decorative and fine arts from the collection have been accepted by museums includingThe British Museum and the Ashmolean.
A Similar two handled version in the collection of the Victorian & Albert Museum https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O344311/vase-samuel-alcock/
Nineteenth century European designers and manufacturers often used archaeological discoveries. The simple lines and patterns of ancient Greek and Roman pottery were seen in various design incarnations and applications throughout the Decorative Arts of the 18th and 19th century.