A selection of Naples-style con basso relievo istoriato porcelain, circa 1900, comprising: a gilt-metal mounted casket and hinged cover, gilt crowned 'N' mark, 17cm high, 22cm wide, 16cm deep; and three further items of Naples-style porcelain, comprising: a bowl, 25cm diameter and two tankards, 18cm & 23cm high, all with crowned 'N' mark
Provenance: Property of Hermione, the late Countess of Ranfurly (1913-2001) and thence by descent.
The Countess of Ranfurly (1913-2001) came to public attention with the publication of the first volume of her diaries To War With Whitaker 1939-45 (Heinemann 1994) in which she details her trials and tribulations following her husband, a lieutenant in the yeomanry regiment, the Sherwood Rangers through the North African campaigns with his valet Whitaker. After the war and with a house to fill she assembled a notable collection of mid 19th century Staffordshire figures, many of which were photographed for Commander Gordon-Pugh's seminal work on the subject.
Crack to front and back. clip for lid lacking. One tankard has no fittings to hinge the cover to the handle, perhaps it never did? The other has become detached from the hinge.
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