Lot 91 , A London or Wincanton octagonal delftware pill slab, mid 18th century 30cm x 24cm
A London or Wincanton octagonal delftware pill slab, mid 18th century painted in blue with the arms of the Worshipful Society of Apothecaries, between unicorn supported and above the motto "OPIFERQUE. PER. ORBEM DICOR" in manganese, 30cm x 24cm
Sold by Sotheby's New York in the Joseph Vizcarr Collection on 13th April 1984, Lot 412
A similar example, attributed to Wincanton, is illustrated in Louis Gautier, English Delft, fig 21.
Another, attributed to London, is in the Glaisher Collection (Cat. No. 1378) and is illustrated in Leslie G. Matthews "Apothecaries Pill Tiles, ECC transactions, Vol.7. Part 3, pl.173 (c).
This particular design is closely related to one used by the Society of Apothecaries between c.1746 and c.1817
The pill tile is not completely flat and has a slight convex curve to it from top to bottom, there is some glaze faults lower left where something has stuck to the glaze in the kiln, there are typical minor glaze losses around the edge and there is a very shallow old chip upper right which only slight comes into the tinglaze edge of the tile, the back of the tile has pencil inscriptions and some slight firing cracks in a band running across, this is not visible on the front. Basically in good condition for a piece of tinglaze pottery of this period.
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Sold for £8,500