Sprigged with a rectangular panel of a “Midnight Modern Conversation” flanked on either side with a tree and a cottage above a continuous hunt scene.
Incised in script ‘Robert Holloway’ and dated 1742.
Dated tankards sprigged with the Midnight Modern Conversation include one inscribed ‘Dan‘il, att Dyas Hall’ (sic) above the date ’17=38′, sold, Sotheby’s, London, January 8, 1974, lot 41; one with the arms of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths, dated 1752, sold, Sotheby’s, London, October 22, 1974, lot 152; and another impressed ‘WILLIAM/ HEATH/ 1764′, formerly in the Cecil Baring and Revelstoke Collections, sold, Sotheby’s, London, April 28, 1981, lot 37. The combined characteristics of a clockwise hunt and punch party scene place this tankard as a product of ‘Factory C’, as categorized by Adrian Oswald et al., English Brown Stoneware 1670-1900, London, 1982, appendix II, where the authors note a likely attribution of London but that some similar sprigging appears on mugs of Bristol manufacture.
Chips to rim
Jonathan Horn, London, October 2003 (bearing label)
Vogel Collection no 735
[Sotheby’s, New York, 19 January, l The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel, Lot 614]
Adrian Oswald et al., English Brown Stoneware 1670-1900, London, 1982
Robin Hildyard, Browne Mugs, English Brown Stoneware, exhibition catalogue Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 1985