Pearlware Bowl, probably Staffordshire, c.1800


This attractive fluted pearlware bowl is painted with a border design deriving from popular Chinese export patterns of the period. Similar brightly-coloured, simple patterns occur on New Hall and other early Staffordshire porcelain wares, in fact it is a version of the Keeling pattern 132, so it is interesting to see the fashion appearing on a contemporary item of pottery. The exterior is painted with a tulip, rose and two floral sprigs.

Condition: There are original minor manufacturing flaws to the inside and outer edge of the bowl, as well as a tiny patch of staining to the rim. No other damage or restoration.

Dimensions: Diameter 13.3 cm; Height 7 cm

A Collector's History of English Pottery, Griselda Lewis (Antique Collectors' Club, 1987).

Early Staffordshire Pottery, Bernard Rackham (Faber and Faber, 1951).

A. & E. Keeling: Shapes and Patterns on Porcelain, Jean Barratt (2009).


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