Small tin-glazed earthenware Plate, probably Bristol, c.1740


Of delightfully small size and simple pancake form, this plate is painted in blue with a naive garden scene in which a large exotic flower and foliage issue from a Chinese-style fence.

Provenance: Paper label for the ceramics dealer and writer, Louis Gautier (c.1867-1943).

Condition: Good - no cracks or restoration, just minor losses to the brittle tin glaze around the edge. A few very small areas around the rim were left unglazed during manufacture, or the glaze withdrew (crawled) during the firing process. Also from manufacture are the two stilt marks on the reverse, evidence of how the plate was stacked in the kiln.

Dimensions: Diameter 20 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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