ITEM OF THE MONTH

AUGUST

West Pans Strawberry Plate

Circa 1765 - 1768

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A West Pans relief moulded strawberry plate, decorated with a sea green overglaze enamel. The central reserve painted with a tulip, rose and sprigs of other flowers in a palette of red, puce, yellow and shades of green by the 'trembly rose painter', surrounded by a scrolled border of bianco-sopra-bianco.

At least two versions of the strawberry rim moulding were found at the Longton Hall factory site excavation in the form of glazed wasters, and whilst none have been un-earthed at the West Pans site as yet, it is believed that when William Littler made his move from Longton Hall to West Pans between 1760 and 1764 he would have taken various moulds with him. The potting of this plate, its palette, decoration and its weight all suggest West Pans rather than Longton Hall and it is wonderful that it is finally accepted that porcelain was manufactured near Edinburgh in Scotland during the 1760's.

An identical plate in a private collection is referenced in David Barker & Sam Cole's book - Digging For Early Porcelain - City Museum & Art Gallery Stoke on Trent - page 36 (text) & page 38 (photo)

 Two leaf shaped dishes with similar colouring and more interestingly the same detailed bianco-sopra-bianco were part of the 2008 loan exhibition of 18th Century West Pans porcelain from Scottish Collections which are illustrated in the accompanying book on page 26 - Out Of The Blue - 18th Century Scottish Porcelain - by the Museum of Edinburgh, Huntley House, Canongate, Edinburgh.

 Circa 1765 - 1768

 Excellent condition. Two small restored rim chips

ITEM OF THE MONTH

JULY

RARE CREAMWARE PICKLE DISH OR SWEETMEAT STAND

Circa 1760 - 1765

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A lovely example of an early English creamware sweetmeat stand or pickle dish. 

Known generally as sweetmeat or pickle dish stands today, in the 18th Century, the name "pickle dish" seems to have been more appropriate. Pickles or sweetmeats were essential to disguise the taste of stale food before the advent of refrigeration. Single pickle dishes are among the most common in porcelain, first introduced by Bow, but in creamware they are exceptionally rare. This one is modelled as two tiers of ribbed shell dishes supported on a trilobed base by three twisting columns encrusted with a multitude of mollusc shells. The base rests on three small angled shells and top dish is supported by a cluster of more shells and moulded in overlapping acanthus leaves

 16 cm high

 Circa 1760 - 1765

 

ITEM OF THE MONTH

SEPTEMBER

A Lowestoft basket

 

Circa 1780 

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A Lowestoft basket of oval shape, the pierced basketwork sides applied with florets at the intersections, the entwined rope style handles applied with flowers and buds at the terminals, printed in blue with the 'Pinecone' pattern, the border painted with flowers and scrollwork

Length from handle to handle 23 cm

Excellent condition: three petals missing from one flower & one unglazed floret on one side

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