A small delftware Stand, possibly Lambeth, London, circa 1780

Probably intended to sit beneath a small serving dish or tureen, this unusually small stand is painted in blue with a Chinese coastal landscape. The scene, depicting two figures crossing a bridge, is surrounded by scroll ornaments and an ornate Fitzhugh border in the Chinese export style. The flat base is wiped almost entirely free of glaze, in much the same way as a Chinese porcelain stand or platter for export to the European market would be at this date. 

Condition: Good – no restoration, just the typical minor chipping to the rim found on most tin-glazed earthenware items. The glaze is crazed and cracked, a characteristic of much Lambeth tin-glazed ware of this period.

Dimensions: Length 18.8 cm

The V&A Museum, London, has an identical stand (Museum Number C.850-1925).

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).