A truly wonderful and rare large pair of 19th century buff terracotta garden urns, made in Stamford by J M Blashfield, dated 1870 and in excellent condition.
John Marriott Blashfield had a manufactory in Millwall,with a sales outlet at No. 1 Praed Street, Edgware Road, London, but moved to Stamford, Lincolnshire in 1859, to be nearer the clay-beds. He won medals for Terra Cotta, in the glass and pottery and architectural object classes at the International Exhibition in 1862 and a silver medal at the Paris International Exhibition of 1867. One of the most important commissions with which he was involved was supplying architectural terracotta for the decoration of the new Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but this undertaking stretched his resources too far and by 1874 the Stamford Terracotta Company works, machinery as well as models and moulds were for sale; it finally closed in 1875.
These urns would have been a special order as this design was only produced as a small plant pot with tray, design number 222 at 10 1/2" high ( image supplied )
H 22" x W 25" x D 25"
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