Rare Lionel Edwards Copeland Spode for Soane & Smith Fox Hunting Cigar Box c1925 (Code 2042)
The piece is from a set of wares exclusively commissioned by Soane and Smith, a (now defunct) high class retailer in London's Oxford Street. The work was commissioned in 1922 and the registered design was granted in 1923. They employed Lionel Edwards to design the scenes for which he produced a set of water colour paintings, and WT Copeland to manufacture the items. Lionel Edwards was a famous water colour artist of the period, a member of the Royal Institute and illustrated books including Black Beauty and Lorna Doon. He was also a passionate fox hunter personally, and this stayed with him throughout his artistic career.
Few of these pieces now come up for sale aside some plates, suggesting the numbers produced were low. They would also have been very expensive when new due to the cost of commissioning such a highly ranked artist to produce. A fifty three piece service from Tetworth Hall consisting largely of plates and tea ware was auctioned by Christie's in 2008 realising £5250 on the day.
Some wear to the paint to the box base rim where the lid sits. Light age related crazing and minor wear to the base. Minor underglaze spots from production as typical for such pieces.
Length: 15 cm ( 6 1/8 inch)
Width: 9.6 cm ( 3 7/8 inch)
Weight: 366 grams (before packing).
Stock Code: 2042 FB20-1
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