Black Basalt Sugar Bowl and Lid by John Glass of Hanley, c. 1810

Basalt Porcelain
Height: 12cm, Width (widest): 12cm
Standard Parcel
£ 60
This item is available to view and buy at:
13A Bangor Road
This is a moulded black basalt sugar bowl or box, made by John Glass of Hanley, Staffordshire in c. 1810. It is of neoclassical design with applied reliefs of columns between ferns and flowers. The lid sits neatly within the scalloped collar. The basin is unsigned, but a teapot of the same pattern with impress mark can be found in Philip Miller and Michael Berthoud’s Anthology of British Teapots (Plate 873)
The condition is excellent. There are two thin pits on the columns which may have been made when the clay was removed from its mould. There is also a minute frit on the encircling ribbon, another to the top edge and also to the inside edge, which are hard to see.
John Glass produced earthenware and basalts from 1784-1838. There was one of his basalt sugar bowls in the Godden Collection. Black Basalt is made from reddish-brown clay which burns black in firing. It was developed by Wedgwood in 1768 who added manganese to give a richer colour. It produces a very fine smooth finish which is capable of taking sharp detailed moulding. This sugar basin is a very fine example.
Condition Note: There is small frit to the rim of the sugar caddy. Please see photographs for details.