Wedgwood tureen, BANQUET, designed by Thomas Allen.
The BANQUET Series was first introduced by Wedgwood in 1878. The designer of the series was Thomas Allen, a prominent designer of his time. He joined Wedgwood in 1875, and by 1878 was made Studio Director. The BANQUET SERIES features a multi motif pattern, with drawings and mottos to reflect the various course of a meal. It has distinctive borders depicting various animals such as rabbits and birds as well as cameos of classical style characters. Thomas Allen was admired for his very skilled figural drawings. The center designs are based on the different course s of a meal – VENISON, SOUP, MUTTON, FISH, PASTRY, etc. The large platter has a center picture of a man taming a bull. The design is usually blue or teal green on white, but polychrome versions are sometimes found.
A very unusual find is this very LARGE WEDGWOOD TRANSFERWARE TUREEN COMPLETE WITH LID with a Thomas Allen border, with alternating cells of cherubs and quails. Thomas Allen was a well-known artist and designer at the time who became the design director for Wedgwood, after having designed for Minton and other leading pottery producers. The lid has two beautiful long panels, besides the end panels of Cherubs. One panel has a reclining woman in classical robes greeting a cherub or small boy carrying a hare to her, and the opposite panel has a reclining woman welcoming a cherub or small boy brining a bowl of fish to her.
The tureen is 13 inches long, including the block handles, and 8 inches high, including lid handle. The markings include an impressed WEDGWOOD & with a diamond lozenge kite mark for date of manufacture 7th October 1876. It is an attractive in very good condition, but does have some blemishes. On one side, just under the edge and above the block handle, there is a shallow chip just under an inch in length. There are tow short hairlines on the edge, ½ inch - one on edge of a long side and the other just above a handle – probably caused by raising and lowering the lid in usage. There is light manufacturing roughness on the underside of the 1 inch pedestal base. All in all, it is a rare piece and very attractive. Feel free to ask for more photos.