Matthew Barton Ltd European & Asia Works of Art - Day 2 - Thursday 25th May 2017
A DUTCH DELFT FIVE-PIECE GARNITURE, DE METAALE POT (LAMBERTUS VAN EENHOORN), CIRCA 1700-1720 'Cashmire'
pattern, reeded octagonal outline, comprising an ovoid vase and cover, a pair of beaker vases and a pair of double gourd shaped vases, each painted with panels of birds flanking a vase of flowers and panels of flowers issuing from rocks inside diaper frames beneath a floral border, ovoid vase with painted LVE mark over 6 and p.515 to base and painted LVE mark to inside of cover, ovoid vase and cover 29cm. high Provenance: the Harward family of Winterfold House, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, by family descent. By repute within the family, the garniture belonged to the artist, Thomas Gainsborough (1728-1788), presumably becoming Harward property when Gainsborough's great niece, Charlotte Gardiner (born 1805) married Thomas Netherton Harward in 1831. De Metaale Pot, a factory first established in Delft in 1670, produced its most brilliant work between 1691 and 1724, under the ownership of Lambertus van Eenhoorn (1651-1721). Strong Netherlandish influences on furniture and furnishings were felt this side of the North Sea, during the late 17th and early 18th century, following the accession of the Dutchman William and his wife Mary. It is probable that the factory (or an agent) exported these vases to England directly on manufacture.