16th Mar, 2024 9:30 GMT/BST

Spring Fine Sale

Lot 74


An English Delft Ballooning Side Plate, probably Lambeth, circa 1795, painted in blue, green and manganese with the Flight of Vincenzo Lunardi over a building, trees and fenced garden within a border of pendant swags and feathered rim
17.5cm diameter

Provenance: With paper label for Group Captain A F Britton

For two similar examples see Britton (Frank) English Delftware in the Bristol Collection, London 1982, pg.162. See also Archer (Michael) Delftware, pg.92-93.

Following the first balloon ascent in Britain by James Tyler, near Edinburgh in 1784, Vincenzo Lunardi flew from Moorfields in London in September the same year, watched by a crowd estimated to be more than 200,000 people. The following year he made a number of flights from St George's Fields, Southwark which could have been seen by the potters at Lambeth. F H Garner found a number of fragments of such plates in pottery waste tips in Lambeth suggesting that they were made either at the High Street or the Glass House Street factories.

Sold for £450
Estimated at £600 - £800


Two adjacent pieces broken out of the rim and honestly re stuck (10 o clock), another large filled rim chip (2 o clock). A small flat filled rim chip (6 o clock). Some other small rim chips and flakes. Rim abraded.


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Auction: Spring Fine Sale, 16th Mar, 2024

This Spring, Tennants Auctioneers is delighted to be offering for sale a fine and rare Chinese Celadon Jade Inscribed ‘Luohan’ Boulder from the Qianlong reign with its original hardwood stand. It will be sold as part of a Private Collection of Asian Art and European Antiques in the sale. The boulder, which is offered with an estimate of £70,000-100,000 plus buyer’s premium, depicts Luohan Ańgaja sitting cross-legged in a rocky grotto. View Press Release

Further highlights from the collection include a Set of Four Chinese Pale Celadon Jade Bowls, Qing Dynasty, probably Qianlong (estimate: £8,000-12,000 plus buyer’s premium), and a Pair of Chinese Porcelain ‘Nodding Head’ Figures, Qianlong (estimate: £4,000-6,000 plus buyer’s premium).

The collectors lived in London from the 1950s and acquired the fine collection predominantly from the leading Asian art and antiques dealers in the city. Many of the pieces in the collection will be sold with original purchase receipts. The items in this collection will be denoted throughout the online catalogue with a ~ symbol.

The sale will also include selected contents from Dutton Manor, Lancashire. 

In addition the sale comprises a small family collection of Renaissance bronzes, two good Iznik Faience Dishes from the late 16th/early 17th century, and a Private Collection of 17th and 18th century furniture including Continental and English oak pieces.


Sunday 10 March - Friday 15 March 11am-4pm, and morning of sale from 8am

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