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    A Monumental English Painted and Partial Gilt Figural Stoneware Covered Exhibition Urn attributed to Charles Meigh & Co., circa 1846-1860
    40-1/2 inches high (102.9 cm)

    An identical gilded pair can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum decorated with large oval portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert to the cartouches on each vase (Museum number CIRC.374&A-1963). The pair were exhibted at the Great Exhibition at Hyde Park in 1851, and the company was awarded a prize medal. Because of the urn's large size and expense, academics have surmised these pieces were only made for exhibitions and not for commercial retail.

    The monumental urn surmounted by domed lid with nesting crane finial, everted spout with partial gilt aquatic leaves, baluster body having hand-painted pastoral scene to obverse cartouche reverse cartouche with hand-painted and titled scene of Pandy Mill, N. Wales., cartouches surrounded by aquatic reeds and leaves, crane-form handles, raised on foliate base.

    Note: An identical gilded pair can be found in the Victoria and Albert Museum decorated in red and gold with large oval portraits of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert on each vase (Museum number CIRC.374&A-1963). The pair were exhibted at the Great Exhibition at Hyde Park in 1851, and the company was awarded a medal. Because of the urn's large size and expense, academics have surmised these pieces were only made for exhibitions and not for commercial retail.


    Condition Report*: Two chips and some hairlines emanating from rim of lid, crazing throughout, bird finial repaired and fixed with metal pin, chip to foilage to lid, flaking to painted cartouches, chip to foliage to one handle, chip to stork's beak to one handle, evident hairline cracking to base, restorations to base, some rubbing, with wear commensurate with age and use; lot not examined under UV light.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. Heritage does not guarantee the condition of frames and shall not be liable for any damage/scratches to frames, glass/acrylic coverings, original boxes, display accessories, or art that has slipped in frames. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    December, 2016
    10th-11th Saturday-Sunday
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