Unusual Commemorative Pot Stand by Godwin
  • Style/technique: Commemorative Pot Stand
  • Manufacturer: Godwin
  • Dimensions: 6" x 6"
  • Date: 1893


A pot stand commemorating the coming of age at twenty-one of John Stanhope Arkwright. Quite a novelty to have such an item made for one's 21st birthday, perhaps a gift for the party guests, but John Stanhope Arkwright was destined for greatness. From the line of Sir Richard Arkwright who was credited with inventing the spinning frame which revolutionised the textile industry John Stanhope became a barrister and amongst his achievements wrote a hymn, was Member of Parliament for Hereford and was given the freedom of that city.

All underglaze decorated I can not be sure if this is encaustic or printed, whichever means of decoration it is very finely made. If printed the white would be difficult to achieve, if encaustic it would have had to be made in several stages. There is ghosting of the blue verso from the stand below in the kiln crank, whilst this often occurs with blues it is rather less likely to occur with printed blues than with blue glazes or blue clay which is fired at the highest temperatures therefore I am most inclined to think it is encaustic (or a combination of block printing and encaustic) and a fine and complex example thereof.

Verso very clean as seen with nice crisp example of the Godwin trade mark.

Condition: Fine
Price: £135 (approx $265)
Ref: 02907

There is some very light rubbing to the glaze surface as one might expect with a pot stand but it does not detract from normal viewing one has to catch it in the light to be aware of it. One small and about half a dozen tiny > minute rim chips.

UK Special Delivery £143

US and World Airsure £150

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Ghosting of the stain from the tile beneath occurs mostly with blue although occassionally with brown. Blue is the most likely as it is quite volatile which is why we have flow blue, the stain migrates in to the glaze.

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The image is a little oversize rather than cropped close to the edges so that the edges can easily be seen and any chips etc can be quickly spotted. Other marks described are usually not visible at all when the tile is viewed straight as one normally sees it and can only be seen with a critical eye when the tile is tilted to catch imperfections in reflected light. For more details of how we describe marks see Condition.


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