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Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse And Rider Parkers’ Stoneware produce red earthenware, but
the partnership she formed with
Continued from page 10 her husband must have meant
Bronze Cast From The Original pottery industry was dominat-
ed by male ownership and
more. Instead, she decided to
take a risk, fulfill Isaac’s dream
male potters, and with few
Wax Figure Coming To Auction exceptions it was not until the
Arts and Crafts Movement that
and accomplish stoneware pro-
duction. Without a doubt, there
is more to the story that may
Following an exhibit in Italy’s Dr. Carlo Pedretti, then is devoted to it. women became regularly ever be known, and I imagine This is an example of Anthony Duche’s
Stockholm, Sweden, in 1995, UCLA’s Armand Hammer Chair For further information on involved with the American much of it revolves around the stoneware production from
the media was ablaze with the in Leonardo Studies. Widely the bronze cast in 2012 to be pottery industry. While in relationships formed within the Philadelphia, recovered from a circa
announcement that a small, acknowledged as one of the sold, readers may visit some cases women were Parker family. 1735-55 brick lined privy at 236
centuries-old beeswax figure world’s leading Leonardo www.guernseys.com. involved with the decorating Church Street in Philadelphia. Image
of a man on horseback was scholars and process of utilitarian wares Sources courtesy Chris Rowell.
authenticated by leading author of more in the 1800s, there are very
scholars as having been the than 60 volumes few cases where females 1) Barka, Norma F. America.” University Press of
work of none other than the on da Vinci, embraced such a role like “Archaeology of a Colonial New England, 2009.
master, Leonardo da Vinci. Pedretti not only Grace did following her Pottery Factory: The Kilns of 5) Thomas, Justin W. “A
A single bronze figure was authenticated the husband’s death. Ceramics of the ‘Poor Potter’ Charlestown Sugar Bowl:
able to be meticulously cast sculpture but Grace Parker combatted of Yorktown,” Ceramics in Rediscovery of a Redware
from the ancient wax in 2012. included it promi- financial loss and misfortune America 2004. University Press Masterpiece.” New England
Believed to be the model for nently in his three- during her years of ownership, of New England, 2004. Antiques Journal (February
what was to have been a mon- volume master but there were also reasons to 2) Boston Gazette, 2016).
ument honoring Leonardo’s work of original celebrate. She was a trailblazer April 6, 1745. 6) Thomas, Justin W. “A
patron Charles d’Amboise, the Leonardo art in the and a voice for women in the 3) Pendery, Steven R. Pioneering Potter: Samuel
historic casting was titled British collection workplace in Colonial America. “The Potters of Charlestown, Marshall of Portsmouth, New
simply “Horse and Rider.” of Her Majesty the She was clearly a remarkable Massachusetts, Unearthing Hampshire.” New England
The beautiful 28-cm. Queen. Prof. woman who believed in family New England’s Past: The Antiques Journal (April 2017).
bronze, the only casting to Ernesto Solari, a business. She was evidently a Ceramic Evidence.” Library of 7) Watkins, Lura
emerge directly from Leonardo noted Leonardo da leader in her community and Congress, 1984. Woodside Watkins. “Early New
da Vinci’s ca. 1510 beeswax fig- Vinci academic, within the local potter’s indus- 4) Skerry, Janine E. and England Potters and Their
ure, along with the original thought so much of try. Grace had a choice; she Suzanne Findlen Hood. “Salt- Wares.” Cambridge, Mass.:
mold made from the wax fig- “Horse and Rider” could have continued to Glazed Stoneware in Early Harvard University Press, 1950.
ure, will be sold by Guernsey’s that his 2016 book
at auction on Friday, Nov. 1.
Location to be announced.
This year marks the 500th
anniversary of Leonardo da
Vinci’s death (May 2, 1519),
with celebrations, events and 3,500 Lots BUY, SELL, CONSIGN,
exhibits around the world
honoring the “Renaissance
man’s” genius. It is so rare Sale Rin CONVENTION & EXPO CENTER
that a work by the Leonardo
da Vinci becomes available
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that in 2017, a painting attrib- For more info call
uted to him fetched $450 mil-
lion at auction, the highest
amount ever paid for a single
work of art at auction. NEXT SALE:
Emerging from a Swiss SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH, 2019
vault in the 1980s, the wax

“Horse and Rider” became
the object of intense study by

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