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AUCTION 19

Texian Campaigne China

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196. TEXIAN CAMPAIGNE CHINA. The collection contains 50 pieces of Staffordshire china in a variety of colors (see full inventory below).  Produced in England between 1846–1852.  Most are in very fine condition (see description for each item below).

The Texian Campaigne china was produced in the Tunstall area of England between 1846–1852.  The series depicts six romanticized views of the United States’ victory in the Mexican-American War.  The war resulted from the annexation of Texas, in 1845, by the United States Congress under President James K. Polk.  Mexico did not recognize the annexation of Texas, which it still considered a rebel province of Mexico. Between 1846 and 1848, the United States and Mexico went to war over the disputed lands. The war also had roots in the U.S. perceived Manifest Destiny to extend the benefits of Anglo civilization from sea to sea.  The war ended in 1848 with the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in which Mexico ceded the northern portions of its territory to the United States.  In Texas, the border between the United States and Mexico was moved south from the Nueces River to the Rio Grande, and Mexico gave up all of the American Southwest from New Mexico and Colorado to California.  By this treaty Mexico lost about half of her territory, and the U.S. increased its size by a third.The unique Texian Campaigne pottery has become one of the most desired and highly valued of the Staffordshire patterns.

The scenes on the pottery are believed to be loosely based on lithographs produced by Nathanial Currier and copies of the 12 lithograph portfolio produced by Carl Nebel in the mid-nineteenth century.  While the scenes on the Texian Campaigne china appear to have been inspired by these earlier artists work, they are not exact replicas. Attention to historical accuracy was not the main concern of the Staffordshire artist, but rather portraying a romanticized view of the war. Five of the six borders of the Texian Campaigne china depict the Greek Goddess, Ceres, and War Trophies.  The sixth scene has medallions of ships in addition to the standard border.  Famous battles such as Palo Alto (one of the two battles fought on present-day Texas soil), Chapultapec, and Buena Vista are portrayed on the china. 

There are believed to be three artists responsible for the Texian Campaigne china:  J.B., T.W., and A. Shaw, who was the Staffordshire potter Anthony Shaw. Most of the pieces are only marked with the initials “J.B.”, who is thought to have been the designer. Very few pieces are marked “A. Shaw.”  The artists’ initials are found on the base within a scroll cartouche over the words “Texian Campaigne.”  Some of the china, such as the teapot, will not have the makers’ initials, but that does not reduce its value.

The Texian Campaigne was produced in six colors:  blue, brown, purple, green, black, and red.  Blue is the most common color of the china.  The red, which is a true Christmas red in hue, is the most rare and is more valuable than the other colors. The china in the Texian Campagine collection includes:

1.  Platter depicting a battle scene. Blue (17 ½” x 14”, 44 cm x 35 cm).

2.  Platter with scene of a commander on horseback and a battle in the background. Purple (15 ½” x 12 ½”, 39 cm x 32 cm).

3.  Platter depicting a battle scene.  Brown (13 ½” x 10 ½”, 34 cm x 27 cm).

4.  Platter depicting a battle scene.  Brown (9 ¾” x 8”, 25 cm x 20.5 cm).

5.  Bowl depicting a battle scene.  Brown (11 ¾” x 10”, 29.5 cm x 25.5 cm).  Bowl is chipped on the bottom.

6.  Vegetable bowl depicting a battle scene.  Green (9 ¾” x 8”, 25 cm x 20.5 cm).

7. Teapot. Red (7 ¾”, 19.5 cm tall). Lid with minor chipping, tip of spout not present, finial reattached.

8.  Sugar boat with two handles depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Brown (4 ½” x 7 ½” x 3 ½”, 11.5 cm x 19 cm x 9 cm).  No lid.

9.  Small platter with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Green (7 ½” x 6 ¼”, 19 cm x 16 cm).

10.  Small platter with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Purple (7 ½” x 6 ¼”, 19 cm x 16 cm).

11.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Red (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

12.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Purple (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

13.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Blue (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

14.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Blue (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

15.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Blue (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

16.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Blue (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

17.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Blue (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

18.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Green (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

19.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Green (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

20.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Green (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

21.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Brown (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

22.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Brown (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

23.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Brown (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

24.  Plate with scene of two commanders fighting on horseback with a battle in the background.  Brown (10 ½”, 26.5 cm).

25.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec.  Red (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

25.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec.  Pink (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

27.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec. Purple 9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

28.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec. Purple (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

29.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec. Purple (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm). Darker color.

30.  Plate depicting the Battle of Chapultepec. Purple (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm). Badly faded.

31.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec. Blue (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

32.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec. Blue (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

33.  Plate depicting the Battle of Chapultepec.  Green (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

34.  Plate depicting the Battle of Chapultepec.  Green (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

35.  Plate depicting the Battle of Chapultepec.  Green (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).  Poor, chipped condition.

36.  Plate depicting the Battle of Chapultepec.  Brown (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

37.  Plate depicting the Battleof Chapultepec. Black (9 ¼”, 23.5 cm).

38.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Red (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

39.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Pink (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

40.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Purple (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

41.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Green (8 ¼”, 21 cm). 

42.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Green (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

43.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Brown (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

44.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Brown (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

45.  Plate depicting the Battle of Buena Vista.  Brown (8 ¼”, 21 cm).

46.  Plate depicting a general on a rearing horse. Purple (7 ½”, 19 cm). Chipped.

47.  Plate depicting a general on a rearing horse. Blue (7 ½”, 19 cm). Cracked.

48.  Plate depicting a general on a rearing horse. Brown (7 ½”, 19 cm).

49.  Plate depicting a general on a rearing horse. Brown (7 ½”, 19 cm).

50.  Plate depicting a general on a rearing horse. Brown (7 ½”, 19 cm).

($35,000-65,000)

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