Pair of English 19th Century Derby Porcelain Kedleston-form Vases on Foot
English Bloor-period Derby Porcelain pair of Kedleston-form vases on foot, the pink-red ground ovular the sides finely-painted by Robert Brewer with views of ‘Switzerland,’ ‘Italy,’ ‘Howden Yorkshire’ and ‘In Cumberland’. Crossed swords, dots and D marks in red to undersides. Circa 1810. 11” H.
(One lip with reinforcement to two hairline cracks, one vase restored to ankle, and both with minor flaking to enamels.)
Robert Bloor took over the Derby factory in the early 19th Century. During his tenure the factory went through many hardships and he eventually went mad. His wife managed the factory after that point. The painting of the Bloor period is distinguished, but the actual porcelain body used during this time is frequently characterized by dryness, light crazing and the glaze and enamels sometimes disagree, causing a kind of chemical peeling.
The Barons Scarsdale, most famously associated with Lord Curzon, have occupied Kedleston Hall since the late 13th Century. The home is in Derbyshire, so would be an easy enough subject for portraiture. The form takes its inspiration from Classical vases found in marble, metal and other media.