A Large Halifax Slipware Moneybox, Last Quarter 19th Century


Here we have an exceptionally rare Halifax Slipware moneybox. A delightful group of mother and fledgling birds, all resting atop the stylised branches of a tree mounted on a tall bulbous moneybank. All sat together on a plinth with four resting posts or pillars, one at each corner.

Modelled and sliptrailed birds, the main body of the moneybox has white slip as a background and the name “Gladys” inlaid in a cartouche, then finally dabbed all over with manganese oxide and allowed to stream freely down the pot with the strong Galena glaze providing the flux when the kiln was at top temperature. A risky controlled skill which could certainly result in occasional disaster, with the powerful flux flowing off the pot and fusing the whole thing to the kiln-shelf, requiring, on cooling, the destruction of the pot in order to remove it.

Due to popularity, this form of decoration was employed by the Halifax potteries throughout the whole of the 19th century and was a revival of the much-admired 18th century technique created by the Staffordshire potter Thomas Whieldon.

Gladys, being a name that became popular during the later 19th century, would date the pot to this period.

Last quarter of the 19th century

10.5’’ H 6’’ W.

In fine condition with minor wear commensurate with age and handling.

£525    $668-USD

Ref Number: 420121A
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