Faience Plaque Recalls Role Played by Women Artists in Arts & Crafts Movement

Posted on 12th October, 2021

Railway Road, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate HG2 8NZ
29th – 31st October 2021

An important faience plaque painted by Catherine Sparkes, a major contributor to the development of Faience pottery for Doulton Lambeth, will be going on sale at The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair at The Great Yorkshire Showground, from 29th – 31st October 2021.

Belonging to Tom Parry of Chester’s Farm Antiques from the Midlands, the plaque is described as a fine example of the quality of work being produced by women artists in the 1870’s. Catherine Adelaide Sparkes (1842-1910) played an important role in the history of the Doulton Lambeth Art Pottery and women’s art of the late 19th century.

The earthenware charger is painted with an Arts and Crafts style border, with a scene showing entitled The Cowslip Ball and depicting children constructing a cowslip ball made from cowslip flowers bound tightly together into a ball. The charger is signed by Sparkes with her monogram and is dated 1877 on the painting, her full name on the back with the title of the scene. The charger measures 52.5cm in diameter and will be on sale at £675.00.

The Pavilions of Harrogate Decorative Antiques & Fine Art Fair features many more pieces including a fine collection of English furniture belonging to Harrogate dealers Elaine Phillips Antiques. Proprietor Louise Phillips, currently Chairman of the BADA, will be showing several eye-catching pieces including an unusual 19th century ladder-back armchair decorated with rural scenes painted on each ladder (£650; a late 18th century Italian carved pediment with fine foliate carving and decorated with silver-leaf, 104cms wide (£1,450) and an impressive set of four Carolean period walnut side chairs, circa 1860 (£2,500).

This will be the second antiques fair of the year for the The Pavilions at the Great Yorkshire Showground following a very successful reopening in June. ‘Collectors are back in force,’ says fair organiser Sue Ede.
‘The fair is very popular because we provide such a wide range of pieces, from the 16th to the 20th century, from classic and traditional art, antiques and jewellery to Mid-Century Modern and decorative designer pieces.’

With a vast range of high-quality pieces for sale, at prices from £20 to £20,000, the fair has something for everyone. Several Yorkshire dealers always take part, including several from Harrogate.

Click here for the full press release for The Paviliions of Harrogate Decorative, Antiques & Art Fair 29th-31st October 2021.

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