NEW HALL PORCELAIN COLLECTION UNWRAPPED AT AUCTION
We are delighted to offer a large collection of New Hall porcelain at our Fine Art and Antiques Sale on 27 and 28 June that includes several rare or important examples of this iconic brand.
Comprising around fifty separate lots, the pieces were acquired by the late Tony Allen from some of the UK’s top dealers and range from complete tea services to individual jugs and bowls.
New Hall holds an important place in the history of English porcelain. Active between 1781 and 1835, it was a cooperative between several Staffordshire earthenware makers, who were offered the use of the Bristol porcelain license in return for financing a factory together.
The Staffordshire makers devised a new two-stage firing process, which finished pieces at lower temperatures than the classic hard paste porcelain. This resulted in a product with its own unique properties – known as hybrid hard-paste – that was characterised by a milky white, translucent finish with a signature grey hue.
Over a period of fifty years, the factory produced over three thousand patterns that were known for their attractive yet functional forms. The main out-put was pieces intended for practical domestic use – such as dinner services, jugs, bowls and tea sets – with the intention of making these once luxury items more accessible to broader sections of the community.
Eventually, the New Hall factory followed public demand and moved towards bone china production – as popularised by Spode – but its many pleasing porcelains undoubtedly helped to turn the Staffordshire Potteries, previously famed only for its earthenware, into a porcelain-producing centre of world importance.
Amongst the stand-out pieces in the Tony Allen Collection are an important plate by Fidelle Duvivier, c.1787-90 that carries a price estimate of £2,000 to £3,000; a rare cream jug, c. 1785 of ‘Low Chelsea Ewer’ form, valued between £300 and £400; and a rare pickle leaf dish, c. 1785 of vine leaf form that has a guide price of £400 to £600.
Because of the success of New Hall, their style was often copied by other contemporary factories. Many of the New Hall pieces are also unmarked, making it difficult for collectors to pick up genuine articles. The advantage of this particular collection is that the majority of the pieces have a known provenance with full purchase details.