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AUCTION 20

120. TEXIAN CAMPAIGNE CHINA. Staffordshire plate with view of the Battle of Chapultepec and border depicting the Greek Goddess, Ceres, war trophies, and military emblems. Brown. Height: 9-1/4 inches (23.5 cm). Verso with scroll cartouche over the words: Texian Campaigne J.B. [England, ca. 1846-1852]. A few minor dings on verso (not affecting face of plate). Very good, in the unusual brown color.

     The Texian Campaigne china (actually pottery despite the manufacturer’s naming of the series) was produced in the Tunstall area of England between 1846–1852. The series depicts romanticized views of the United States’ victories in the Mexican-American War. 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 twelve lithographs in the 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 certainly are not exact replicas. Attention to historical accuracy was not the main concern of the Staffordshire artist, but rather portraying a glorious view of the war pandering to the public’s avid interest in the event. 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.”, as here. “J.B” is thought to have been the designer. ($400-800)

Sold. Hammer: $475.00; Price Realized: $558.13

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