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- Titles Platter from Wedgwood's "Frog Service" (Descriptive)
- Artist Wedgwood, England, est. 1759
- Medium lead-glazed earthenware (creamware)
- Dimensions 19 3/8 × 14 7/8 × 1 3/4 in. (49.2 × 37.8 × 4.4 cm)
- Credit Line Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Dwight M. Beeson (The Dwight and Lucille Beeson Wedgwood Collection), 1983.7
- Work Type platter
- Classification Containers
- On View
- Signature Unsigned
- Marks On the back: impressed WEDGWOOD and handpainted in sepia under the glaze: 434
- Inscription None
- Provenance Wedgwood (est. 1759), Stoke-on-Trent, England, 1773-1774. Possibly given to Alexander Baxter (dates unknown), London, England, in the late 18th century [see note 1]. Probably George Henry Stoner (1870-1920), London, England [see note 2]; likely by descent to his wife Hilda Mary Bates Stoner (1872-1964), London, England [see note 3]. Sold Christie's London, England, February 13, 1936, lot 7 (Catalogue of Porcelain, Decorative Objects, Furniture & Carpets. The Property of a Lady and from Various Sources); Purchased by "Hedbrooke" at auction on February 13, 1936 [see note 4]. Sold Sotheby's, London, England, December 18, 1968, lot 227 (Property of a Gentleman); purchased by Dwight Beeson (1908-1985) and Lucille Beeson (1905-2001), Birmingham, Alabama, in 1968 [see note 5]; by gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art in 1983
1. Alexander Baxter was Catherine the Great’s intermediary in London and a Scottish member of the Russia Company. In the 1770s Baxter was the Russian consul general in England. He facilitated Catherine's order of the Frog Service from Wedgwood.
2. George Henry Stoner was partner in the firm Stoner & Evans Fine Art Galleries (operated 1902-about 1939) in London, England. He discovered a batch of pieces from the Frog Service around 1909 - which may have originally stemmed from a group of rejected or omitted pieces given to Alexander Baxter in the late 18th century - and subsequently sold them.
3. Hilda Mary Bates and George Henry Stoner were married in 1894. Her sons, Malcolm Stoner and George Frank Stoner, took over operation of Stoner & Evans when their father died. In 1939, Malcolm Stoner had his own art dealership in London, which closed in 1951. Malcolm Stoner (1898-1967) was a member of the organizing committee of "The Chelsea China & Pottery Exhibition" in June 1924, which featured this platter as a loan from "Mrs. Stoner," likely Malcolm's mother Hilda Mary Bates Stoner. George Stoner himself married Norma Robina MacBeth Hall (1903-1994) in 1927.
4. According to an annotated copy of the auction catalogue (see object file).
5. The Beesons purchased the platter at auction for $5,760. Wedgwood dealer Ann Brodkiewicz, who at the time resided in London, acted as their agent under the name "Christmas."