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A LARGE MARTIN BROTHERS LEMONADE JUG WITH GROTESQUE DESIGNS.This very large Victorian stoneware jug measures appropriately 13 inches or 33cm in height. Black glaze with white decoration featuring foliage designs with four large grotesque dragons and two grotesque human type heads with fire emitting from there mouths.The base of the jug is fully signed, Martin Brothers London & Southall 12.1892. Mint condition and very impressive.
Code: 1994Price: 4250.00 GBP
MARTINWARE CATALOGUE, BOOBIES, BOOJUMS & SNARKS.This rare catalogue was produced to commemorate the Jordan - Volpe 1984 exhibition of Martin brothers grotesque stoneware creatures 1880 - 1914. The catalogue folder contains many photograph of the amazing creatures that were exhibited in this ground braking exhibition, it also contains a short history of this fascinating Victorian pottery and the four eccentric brothers who owned and worked at it. Only 500 copy's produced and this is number 468. Extremely rare, a very difficult to find book.
MARTIN BROTHERS DOUBLE FACE JUG.A superb face jug produced in a white glaze with light brown top, each side features a sinister and grotesque face. The base has the full Martin brothers factory markings with the London and Southall address.This example has excellent provenance, it was sold by Sotheby New York in 1997 and it was also exhibited in the David Rago and Philip Chasen Martin Brother exhibition. Photocopy pages from the catalogs will be supplied with the jug.
MARTIN BROTHERS BIRD JAR .An extremely rare Martin Brothers grotesque ceramic bird jar and cover.Beautifully modeled in brown and white glaze with tints of blue and green, the bird has a sinister staring expression on its humanoid face.The bird is fully maker marked on the base and head collar with matching date 11.1903. Height 8 inches. Mint condition with no restoration or damage, an outstanding original example of English ceramics at is very best.
MARTIN BROTHER STONEWARE FACE JUG.A superb example of a Martin Brother stoneware double face jug, each side of the jug features a rather sinister and grotesque smiling face, the modeling to these faces is exceptional. Base has full Martin Brothers factory details. Circa 1910.Provenance, this jug was sold some years ago by Bonham's London and comes complete with a copy of the auction entry from the catalog.
MARTIN BROTHERS CERAMIC JUG.This Victorian jug stands at 5 inches in total height and is beautifully decorated with five birds and five flying insects in foliage designs. The base is marked, Martin Brothers London & Southall 1.1896. There is some damage to this jug but it is priced accordingly and would be worthy of restoration, in perfect condition this jug would easily be worth £1200.00 and probably more as Martin Brothers ceramic are very much in demand at the moment. This actual jug was sold by the auction company Woolley & Wallis of Salisbury 8 years ago (2007) and although damaged still sold for £600.00 + commission. Bargain price. [Condition: Exc+]
MARTIN BROTHERS GROTESQUE TORTOISE INKWELL.This superb Martin Brothers inkwell is very similar in style to there famous grotesque spoon warmers. An exceptionally rare and highly desirable stoneware figure of a tortoise with human face in the typical Martin brothers grotesque style. The shell of the tortoise has a very attractive mottled brown glaze, the tortoise's human face is in a gray glaze with sinister looking eyes, snouty nose and wide open mouth (for holding quill pen & ink). The white glazed base sits on four pad feet. The base is marked, R.W.Martin & Bros Southall B.37, this figure probably dates from Clement Martins period with the company. An exceptionally rare inkwell figure, from extensive research I can find only 4 other similar examples in important advanced collections / museums around the world. Considering that the going rate for a Martin Brothers grotesque bird is in the region of £20,000 / £100,000 depending on size and modeling and that there is easily in excess of 100 known, the Tortoise inkwell is considerably rarer and in my opinion much better value. [Condition: Mint]
MARTIN BROTHERS MR PICKWICK FIGURE.A highly detailed and very rare Martin Brothers stonware model of Mr Pickwick ( Charles Dickens character). This rare figure depicts Mr Pickwick asleep in a wheelbarrow, the detail is exceptional, Wallis Martin has even highlighted some of the creases in Mr Pickwick's coat in black paint before firing the figure. The back of the wheelbarrow is signed, R.W.Martin & Bro Southall 11.1914 and below this the title of the figure, PICKWICK. The figure has a couple of typical Martin Bothers glazed in manufacture firing cracks but no damage or restoration. Similar example featured in the Malcolm Haslam Martin Brothers book. Provenance, this actual figure was sold by Sotherby's London 12 years ago (2003). [Condition: Mint]
MARTIN BROTHERS BOWL WITH DRAGGON DESIGN.A really superb Martin Brothers stonware bowl decorated with a grotesque and very aggressive dragon. The design is highly detailed which depicts the winged dragon with coiled tail and with an open mouth with sharp teeth. The border of the bowl is decorated with tiny blue flowers. The base is marked Martin Bros London & Southall and date 1.93 (January 1893). The size is approximately that of the average table salt bowl, just under 4 inches across. [Condition: Mint]
MINIATURE MARTIN BROTHERS STONWARE JUG.A very attractive small jug standing at about 3 inches in height. The jug is produced in a very unusual design reminiscent of a snails shell with an unusual mottled glaze affect. The base is fully marked for the Martin Brothers with full signature and date. There is some very minor restoration to the jug which is to the lip and the handle but it is priced accordingly. [Condition: Exc++]
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