H & R Daniel
Makers of the finest late Regency Porcelain
Daniel basket with moulded fruit. Would this item have a purpose or could it be described as an ornament? A quality piece regardless and considered worthy of being marked by the factory in script on its base.
Published by kind permission of Michael Berthoud.
Another rare Daniel item is this Imari decorated Chamber Stick with its indented leaf mouldings. This was recently offered to a follower of this site by a London dealer. An expensive item, but how often do you come across them?
How can we describe this next piece?
This is an item that would, more than likely, be cast aside by most porcelain collectors without much further thought. But I think this sad shard deserves a little more consideration.
The floral decoration was obviously applied by an expert hand, in fact, a very expert hand, and worthy of being found on the very finest porcelain, and on closer examination it raises two questions:
Firstly, it clearly appears that the decoration was applied after the pot had suffered severe damage, or more accurately smashed, why?
Secondly, it was applied to what would have been the underside of the pot, in an area that, had the pot still been intact, would be rarely seen, why?
These facts point to several tantalising possibilities; could this simple shard have had a useful and unique purpose, maybe even a second life?
If so, then what, and why?
• Perhaps it may have been an apprentice piece, simply to demonstrate to their employer the progress that the trainee painter had made, or even that he, or she, had now attained the skills required to be trusted to progress further onto more responsible tasks.
• We are aware that travelling around the Potteries were itinerant ceramic painters, who moved to where their skills were temporarily in demand. Could this piece have been used to test the abilities of a travelling painter before being hired?
• Any change in the chemical constituents of the paint being used to decorate fine ceramics, perhaps to introduce new colours etc., would then require time in the kilns to prove its ability to withstand the rigors of the temperatures involved in ‘firing’. This may have been such an experimental piece.
• A principle designer may have used this piece to illustrate to his subordinates just how he wanted his design to appear on a particular commission.
I’m sure there are other possibilities why this simple piece was granted a second life, but perhaps the above will provide some food for thought.
The use of a shard from a damaged pot in any of the above possibilities would make perfect sense; why use a perfectly good pot in such scenarios?
We have no idea from which factory this piece came, but it was obviously from the workshops of a top manufacturer. H&R Daniel?, Who knows?
I shall certainly treat this sample with the respect I believe it deserves.
150mm (6") diameter.
Tony Shaw March 2016
A MAYFLOWER BASKET WITH AN INTERESTING BACKSTAMP
This recent acquisition has some interesting, if not unique features.
Firstly, it is a basket.
Secondly, it is a Mayflower basket.
Thirdly, it’s a Mayflower basket with a ‘Back-stamp’.
Shown below are a series of photographs of the Mayflower basket by H&R Daniel that clearly illustrate the unusual features that separate it from the similar example shown on page 15 in ‘Daniel Ornamental Wares’ by Michael Berthoud.
The most obvious difference is the ‘Goal post’ handle. Not only the shape of the handle, but also the three simulated ‘Cabochon’ features, two in the style of Malachite on the inside of the handle, and one on top made to resemble Cornelian.
The lower half of the piece is very much Daniel. Note the ‘C scroll’ borders to the four floral cartouche panels, two of which also incorporate ‘Shells’ which are the ‘Spitting Image’ of the decoration found on Daniel Mayflower tableware that is so familiar to H&R D collectors. Two more Danielesque ‘Shells’ can be seen at the inside connection between handle and tray.
Daniel collectors also quite like ‘Moths’, how about the black one in the centre of the tray? There are other Daniel features, many that collectors will surely recognise.
The full meaning of the back-stamp is open to translation. The only two words that are easily readable are DARTE and Palais (Palace), plus the number 21, but the meaning???
Tony Shaw. 2014
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