Important Pinxton comport with landscape, Coke arms mark, c.1800
Important Pinxton centrepiece from the marked ‘Coke Arms’ service, the elegant oval footed form with lozenge shaped bowl, painted with a central oval landscape within a plain gold line, another gold line to the rim.
33x21cm, x 13cm high
Good condition with kiln speckling, very minor wear to gilt rim.
This is the main piece from an important Pinxton service, with an old paper label to the base being the crucial clue: it states “ all the other pieces of this service were marked thus, in puce“, and illustrated with a moon & star, ‘PINXTON’ In Shepard’s ‘PINXTON PORCELAIN’ , the mark is listed amongst the more usual Pinxton marks, with the comment “ The crescent and star was probably taken from the Coke family crest. The only recorded pieces with this mark belong to the same service, which is painted with a coloured landscape surrounded by a gilt line in a central reserve”. Furthermore, Shepherd defines the period when John Coke was sole proprietor as the time the mark was used, 1799-1801, and 1803-1806.
This high centerdish – or comport – would have been the principal piece from a table service, as often seen in Derby porcelain. Compared with the documented Pinxton shapes, the body is higher, with pointed corners to the bowl not seen on the usual oval form documented elsewhere.
The scene depicted is the same as others from Pinxton, some identified as ‘Dovedale, Derbyshire’. This Romantic landscape is preserved to this day, with some large rock buttresses known as the Tissington Spires, alongside the river Dove.
This remarkable documentary piece was discovered in an Australian collection.
Another serving dish of quatrefoil shape is in the Victoria & Albert Museum, London: