Plate, lead-glazed earthenware, Staffordshire, c.1750-60

 

This attractive lead-glazed earthenware plate is decorated with 'tortoiseshell' colours, including a mottled brown with splashes of green and yellow.

Wares with this type of decoration are typically described as 'Whieldon' or 'Whieldon type' owing to that particular Staffordshire potter's association with the use of these coloured glazes. The same green and yellow glazes can be found on Georgian earthenware modelled in fruit or vegetable form, such as the Staffordshire 'pineapple' and 'melon' wares of the period 1750-70.

The moulded barleycorn design was a particularly popular decorative element in the mid-18th century, occurring especially on white salt-glazed earthenware.

Three stilt marks on the underside of the rim.

Unmarked.

Condition: Excellent - no damage or restoration. The lead glaze is typically finely crazed.

Dimensions: Diameter 24 cm

Creamware and Pearlware Re-Examined, T. Walford and R. Massey (Eds.) (English Ceramic Circle, 2007).

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

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

 

     
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