Tuesday, February 22, 2011
If you own Mike Herman's great Wedgwood book Wedgwood Jasper Ware, A Shape Book and Collectors Guide, check out the Liqueur Bottle, maybe known as a decanter or flask, on page 10. If you click the title of this post you'll find an article with all sorts of historic information about Humphrey Taylor & Co. from the Chelsea Society Magazine dated May 2010. The premises were in the news on Feb 19 2011 as they have been bought for £12.3 million cash! The buyers are Nigella Lawson, culinary goddess, i.e. TV cook, and her husband Charles Saachi, advertising millionaire and art collector. This information and the article were sent to me by my friend in Scotland, Lord Pulford, THANKS Tony! Tony owns a similar flask which he recently rescued from a storage bin where he forgot he had put it, cleaned it up and did the research. Just the way it's supposed to be done Tony! It's always so nice when one shares his research with the rest of us. Tony's flask is a bit of a different shape from the one in Mike's book, but the mark is the same. The flask in the book is dated c1910 and should now be in Birmingham as it was in the Buten Collection. Tony's liqueur bottle is now on display with the rest of his lovely Wedgwood collection. Today, July 2, 2012, I am adding one just like this, albeit with no lid to our inventory. It's in gorgeous condition, I'm thinking a glass/crystal decanter stopper would be lovely in it if one doesn't have the correct stopper available. See www.alexisantiques.com and if it's no longer on our NEWLY LISTED ITEMS section, just put wwrg220-198 in the browser box.