Rare Antique French Black Basalt Stoneware Sugar Bowl / Basin * Not Wedgwood, Nr For Sale
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This Penny Start, sale Is For One (1) Piece:
AN ANTIQUE FRENCH BLACK BASALT STONEWARE / SLIPWARE SUGAR BASIN with COVER (SUGAR BOWL), signed:
IT WAS MADE IN FRANCE at the CREIL POTTERY FACTORY circa 1819-1827.
Creil showed black stonewares at the exhibitions of 'Produits de l'Industrone ie française' between 1819 and 1827. I'm uncertain if Wedgwood or Creil made this black basalt style first. Josiah Wedgwood created his basalt pieces about the same time. Perhaps as early as 1810.
We acquired this piece along with several other Creil basalt pieces. There are cups, saucers and two impressive tea pots - all signed. A somewhat fortuitous opportunity for collectors, in that CREIL Basalt is not generally available. Especially in quantity. For the last 12 months (as far back as I can research) there's only been one (1) similar teapot on . We believe this piece; the SUGAR BASIN with COVER is the rarest of all the pieces.
On , it seems the words 'museum' and 'rare', end up on every other antique sale - ughhh! So here we go as well... except you CAN see that this maker and this product and this form IS truly, a museum worthy piece and is catologued at the V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum of England.
Additionally, Carnegie Museum of Art has on display, an elaborate neo-classical decorated form of a CREIL teapot, with silver finial. It's on display. We have a nearly identical teapot and will also be offering it this week!
If you have a moment, you can fly to the United Kingdom and visit the V&A (Victoria & Albert) Museum of England. (visiting their website may be more cost effective but not as much fun) They have this sugar bowl (sugar basin & cover) in their collection. The form is identical. We feel safe in claiming this is a scarce & rare museum piece... We humbly suggest that you will not see this piece any time soon and finding it on this great unused condition - even harder still.
The above information is the result of a simple internet search using: CREIL BASALT SUGAR BOWL. Give it a shot. The top 3 results are the source of the above museum references and there are no additional findings.
The other pieces seen in the group photos are listed in our other sales. There are enough pieces to make a CREIL tea set if desired. The charming figural finial handle in the form of a reclining dog truly makes this piece.
GREAT ESTATE CONDITION! Only the lid has a barely visible small fleck near the edge. Very hard to see. (see photo)
Measures 4 1/2" high and 4" in diameter.
PLEASE NOTE: There's a little bit of cotton lint visible on the pieces from where I dusted the piece off before taking pictures.
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In addition to the Creil pieces, we have a large 11" long teapot, that's unsigned. It's probably a Wedgwood Jasperware piece but I'm not certain. It could be a Creil piece also. There's a similar mourning maiden finial that I've seen on some Wedgwood & Creil pieces. (pictured here.)
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