SOLD ! ! ! ....2011
Wedgwood Transfer Compote in BANQUET Pattern by Thomas Allen
A very unusual find is this blue and white transferware Wedgwood fruit compote with a Thomas Allen border, with alternating cells of cherubs, fish, lambs and deer, plus a central motif with a woman in Classical gown picking apples from a tree. The motto for this bowl is Fruit Ripens Not well in the Shade. Thomas Allen was a well-known artist and designer at the time. The bowl is 9" in diameter, and 5.5" high, including a pedestal which is approx. 3.5". It was made in the 1880s. There are two small squarish handles. The bowl is in very good condition with a shallow ½” chip on the base rim, which is barely visible from above. There are also to shallow chips on the underside of the top rim, ½” and 1/8”. The photos are so clear, that they tend to overstate the blemishes. The top edge is very smooth to the fingers. Because of the rarity of the BANQUET compote and its overall attractiveness, it remains a desirable piece for the collector.
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.