Brian Haughton Gallery
The Brian Haughton Gallery is showing an extremely rare Meissen Danish pug dog with her two puppies, the mother charmingly licking one pup’s face, the other pup lying between her legs. The group is naturalistically modelled by J.J. Kaendler, painted in black, brown and white, c1745. Also on show is a fine pair of Meissen canaries modelled by J.J. Kaendler, each perched on a low tree stump, c1745. Other outstanding items include two rare and fine Staffordshire pieces, a salt glazed coffee pot and cover and a teapot and cover, both beautifully painted with sprays of roses.
Among the range of continental ceramics brought by Christophe Perlès is a spice box figure from the ceramic manufactory founded by Dutchman Claudius Innocentius du Paquier in Vienna in 1718. An almost identical piece can be found in the Metropolitan Museum, New York. Other highlights include a yellow-ground pot-pourri from St Cloud, which was one of the earliest porcelain factories in Europe producing a type of soft-paste porcelain in the French town of St-Cloud from the late 17th to mid 18th century; a Sèvres pink ground sugar box from 1760 and a Pont-aux-Choux creamware candlestick from the 1750s.
Robyn Robb specializes in the earliest English porcelain made in the 18th century and highlights include an extremely rare Chelsea plate finely painted with a vignette of a bird, possibly a redpoll, perched on a branch. Also of interest is a rare early Worcester hexagonal creamboat, c1753-54, decorated with a Chinese landscape and a Worcester wine taster in the shape of half a peach. Worcester wine tasters from the mid 18th century were copied directly from a Chinese form that originated in the Ming Dynasty and were used as wine cups.