Spoon Tray, white salt-glazed stoneware, Staffordshire, c.1750


Made of white salt-glazed stoneware, this attractive, lozenge-shaped spoon tray is press-moulded with a central chinoiserie garden scene in which a figure wearing a hat stands beside an ornate pavilion. The surrounding twelve fluted panels are decorated with elaborate flowers, and a second figure standing beside a large exotic bird.

Although an essential part of fashionable Georgian tea equipage, spoon trays were not usually supplied as part of a standard service, and as such, they were ordered as an additional item.

Condition: Excellent - no cracks or restoration, just a minute bruise on the footrim.

Dimensions: 11 cm across

Ref. For a larger spoon tray in this design, see page 156, fig.23, The Influence of Salt-Glazed Stoneware on Creamware, Diana Edwards (Creamware and Pearlware Re-Examined, English Ceramic Circle, 2015), where the author mentions how the 1745-1780 price lists for Thomas and John Wedgwood included Large & small spoon boat 24d [dozen].


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