A superb Derby porcelain coffee can displaying a wrecked ship and rescue efforts. This can was painted by George Robertson, whose depictions of ships and maritime scenes are among the most highly sought after and collected items of Derby porcelain. This particular scene, named on the bottom in blue script, is "A Shipwreck After a Storm."
The gilding on the cup, both in the interior leaf and berry border, and throughout the exterior of the can, is of the high quality that Derby was known for. In addition to being a rare example of Robertson's work, the ground color on this piece is a beautiful true yellow, one of the most difficult colors to produce and fire without issues, and thus one of the least common colors to find on porcelain.
Marked on the bottom with crossed batons surmounted by a crown and with a "D" beneath. The can is 2 7/8" tall, with a diameter of 2 11/16". The condition is factory fresh, with no chips, cracks, paint loss, or restoration. The gilding is without any losses, even on the rim and handle. Truly as fine an example as can be found.
Note: A similar example, but with a chip, the more common green ground, and a less interesting variation of the scene, sold for $3000 at Mellors & Kirk, lot 106, on 4/30/09.