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Rare Lionel Edwards Copeland Spode Soane & Smith Fox Hunting Decorated Bowl (Code 2042A)

  • £17500


A rare early 20th century footed bowl with original scenes by Lionel Edwards. The body is earthenware with a cream glaze and the rim has been decorated to represent wood grain. The main scene to the bowl center is of two mounted huntsmen in green leading the hound pack down a lane. It is entitled 'Homeward' to the base which is a scene depicting the The New Forest Buckhounds in England. The Bowl sides have two further images - Off to Draw and Going to a Halloa. The bowl was likely intended for fruit or salad etc.

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 the artwork. 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.


Age related crazing and very minor signs of wear.

Measurements (Approx)

Height: 12.5 cm ( 5 inch)

Width: 21 cm ( 8 1/4 inch)

Weight: 828 grams (before packing).

Stock Code: 2042A FB20-1



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