Tin-glazed Bowl or Dish, probably London, c.1740


This shallow bowl or dish, probably made in London, is painted in blue with a so-called mimosa pattern. This pattern, occurring on delftware made in London, Bristol, Wincanton, and Liverpool was particularly popular around 1738.

The shape of this dish is fairly unusual in English delftware, the profile resembling something of a shallow klapmuts form. This name was first given to a type of Ming Chinese kraak-decorated soup bowl made for the Dutch market. It refers to an inverted bowl-like shape of hat worn in the Seventeenth Century. The flattened outer rim of the bowl could be used for placing utensils or condiments.

It is difficult to say exactly where this item was made, although the lumpy blue glaze on the reverse does suggest a London origin. Several delft potteries were situated in the London Borough of Lambeth, including one at Glasshouse Street, and another at Lambeth High Street.

Three small spur or stilt marks can be seen on the reverse, indicating how such wares were stacked and fired in the kiln.

Condition: Good - there are the expected losses to the extreme edge, and the rich tin glaze has some faint cracks. No major chips and no restoration.

Dimensions: Diameter 26 cm; Depth 5.2 cm

Delftware: The Tin-glazed Earthenware of the British Isles, Michael Archer (V&A/HMSO, 1997).

English Delftware, F.H. Garner and Michael Archer (Faber & Faber, 1972).




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