And then the view from the top, which once on the wall will never be seen.
Rather chuffed how this line of Westerwald turned out, its deep cobalt blue creating such a strong impression. The epitome of German domination of 17th and early 18th Century European ceramics, with its precise moulded reliefs and careful incised patterns executed by hand and perfectly glazed.
To the right, purposely included one of the drilled mother of pearl 'shards' I've picked up along the Thames, in this section of iridescent discarded worked pieces.
The Westerwald shards most likely came from tankards and jugs
|Westerwald Jug 1702-1714 with moulded relief design (prices4antiques)|
|Westerwald Mug 17th C (Crocker Farm)|
|Westerwald Jug circa 1730 with incised patterns made by hand (Martyn Edgell)|
'The imperial pottery in Princes Street Lambeth places Mr Stephen Green amongst the foremost.. The variety of its productions comprises jugs, garden vases and figures, water pipes, filtering machines and vessels for chemical purposes..About seventy persons are employed on the premises; and the consumption of materials amounts to one thousand tons of clay, one hundred of sand, twenty tons of burnt flint and Cornwall stone, twelve tons of salt and eight hundred tons of coal annually...The business was begun nearly 60 years ago' (E W Brayley 1841).
I haven't been able to track down the the origin of 'Waterlow London'.
|Complete Bourne Ink Bottle (Museum of London)|
The hand painted blue and red laced with gold, Japanese Imari porcelain (1650-1750) is scattered through this next section. A previous post about its history can be found here.
and to end - a large chunk of the will be finished in another month or so mosaic.