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RARE CREAMWARE PICKLE DISH OR SWEETMEAT STAND

Circa 1760 - 1765

pickle 5 

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

 

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