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Mochaware Pitcher with Three Cable Decoration England Circa 1830$1,860.00
This mochaware pitcher has three broad bands of slip-decorated color: two bands of dark tan frame a band of light blue.
Each band is decorated with a wavy three-color cable of white, light brown, and dark “mocha” brown.
Every piece of Mochaware is unique. Decorated with a three-color cable pattern, this pitcher is a gem!
Made in England circa 1830, it would have been turned on a lathe.
The turner decorated this pitcher with concentric bands of dark brown above and below each slip-colored band.
The turner then unlocked the lathe and applied by freehand a three-color cable of marbled slip design over the bands of colored ground.
The use of cable patterns on mochaware is an English invention created around 1810.
For images and a detailed explanation of this multi-chambered slip pot decoration, see Jonathan Rickard’s “Mocha and Related Dipped Wares 1770-1939,” pp 62-74.
Dimensions: 6,75″ tall x 5.5″ at widest point x 8.25″ from tip of spout to end of handle
Two Mochaware Pint Mugs Made England, Circa 1870-1880$1,080.00
These two mochaware mugs were made to hold a pint of beer or lager. One mug has “Pint” on the front (see image #3). They were made in England circa 1870-1880. The colors are soft. The attractive design follows a pattern for English mochaware made for export to the European continent. Around or near the top of each mug is a band of medium blue slip. Below are thin bands of midnight brown slip and then a broad band of colored slip of either moss green or dark beige brown. This single wide band is sparsely decorated with mocha ‘Trees”. The elegant spacing of the mochaware “Trees” adds to the beauty of these mugs.
Dimensions: the mug with the green band is 5″ tall x 3.5″ in diameter and the mug with the beige/brown band is 5.15 tall x 3.4″ in diameter
Price: $1,780 for the two mugs
Mochaware Mug England, Circa 1815$1,900.00
This mochaware mug is decorated with bands of light and midnight brown slip. Between the midnight and light brown slip bands are three bands of excellent inlaid rouletting decoration in geometric patterns. Although made circa 1815, the inlaid rouletting gives the mug a surprisingly modern look. The applied handle has exceptionally crisp acanthus leaf terminals.
Dimensions: 4.9″ tall x 4.9″ deep from spout to handle, 3.25″ diameter
Mochaware Pitcher Mocha Ware Milk Chocolate Color Made England Circa 1815$1,360.00
This mochaware pitcher is decorated with bands of lovely milk chocolate-colored slip.
This color works beautifully with the unpainted creamware body of the handle and interior of the pitcher.
Just below the top edge, we see a band of black and white rouletting, and above the bottom edge is a similar black and white rouletted band.
Dimensions: 5.75″ tall x 4″ at the widest point
Condition: Good: two short hairlines of approximately half an inch are seen on either side of the top edge. There is a hairline on the underside which does not go through.
Background of Mochaware: Mochaware pottery is slip-decorated, lathe-turned, earthenware with bands of colored slip applied to buff-colored or white bodies
Early 19th Century Creil French Mochaware Coffee Pot$1,995.00
A Creil mochaware peach-colored coffee pot made circa 1810.
This elegant coffee pot features a dark brown mocha design on a light peach body. Mochaware was developed in Staffordshire in the late 18th century, but spread to continental Europe through the Middle-Eastern moss agate trade. Moss agate stones, which sport a similar tree-like design, were exported to the West through the port of al Makha, translated in English to “Mocha.” While moss agates were used as semiprecious stones in jewelry and objets de vertu for the upper classes, their dendrite design inspired potters such as Creil to create mochawares for more quotidian usage.
Dimensions: 10 in. H x 6 1/4 at widest point (25.4 cm H x 15.9 cm W)
Condition: Excellent visual condition, with invisible professional restoration to cover and spout. Some minor staining to clay body under the glaze on the foot.
Early 19th Century Orange English Mochaware Waste Bowl$950.00
An English mochaware waste bowl in the London shape with cable or “earthworm” decoration, dating to circa 1820.
Developed in Staffordshire in the late 18th century, dipped wares utilized colored liquid clay slips to create surprisingly modern abstract and geometric motifs. This small waste bowl features a cable design with marbled colors of dark brown, blue, and white slip on an orange ground. The bowl’s rim has a rouletted band of chevrons lightly glazed in green. The bright color palette of this bowl dates it to an earlier period of production, circa 1820. Later dipped wares have much more subdued colors.
Condition: The bowl is in very good condition, with two tiny chips to the rim each measuring approximately 0.2 cm in length. The underside of the base has some glaze flaking. There is a hairline circular crack in the well of the bowl.
Dimensions: 4 5/8 in. diameter x 2 1/2 in. height (11.8 cm diameter x 6.6 cm height).
Mochaware Cup, Made in England, circa 1825$440.00
This Mochaware cup is a gem. It is a rare shape for a piece of Mochaware as it is neither a pitcher, a mug, nor a bowl.
The main body is decorated with brown slip and further decorated with rare vertical and horizontal engine-turned stripes cut through the slip.
The cup has a lovely impressed green glazed border along the top edge.
Made in England circa 1825,
Dimensions: 2″ tall x 2.5″ diameter at widest point
Condition: Excellent; from the original manufacturing process, several small flecks of green and brown decoration can be seen on the handle.
Background of Mochaware: mocha decorated pottery is slip-decorated, lathe-turned, earthenware with bands of colored slip on white or buff-colored bodies.
Mochaware Pitcher Decorated with “”Trees” and Seaweed” England, circa 1810$1,400.00
Made in England circa 1810 this mochaware pitcher is decorated with “Trees” and “Seaweed.” It is molded in an elegant shape with an extra-wide mouth probably made this way so that pieces of fruit in a punch could pour out. The pitcher has bands of orange-brown slip decorated with both “Trees” and “Seaweed”. These dendritic designs are part of what make mochaware is unique. The design is formed by using small amounts of an acidic dark brown liquid and carefully dropping this liquid onto the alkaline orange slip before firing. The resultant chemical reaction causes the tree-seaweed pattern. Because the patterns are caused by chemical reactions each one is unique. The managers of mochaware factories often only specified the style of the work but gave each turner some freedom regarding the choice of design and colors. On this pitcher, the slip bands are separated by six thin bands of impressed white pearls and two white bands of impressed waves.
Dimensions: 6.75 inches tall x 7 inches deep x 4.5 inches diameter at widest point
Condition: Excellent with very slight fritting and toning along the top edge.
Mochaware Mug Twig and Wavy line Decoration England c-1830 Rickard Collection$470.00
Large Mochaware Bowl with Both Cable and Marbled Decoration$3,300.00
We are pleased to offer this exceptionally large and rare mid-19th century English mochaware bowl. Each piece of mochaware is unique. Made in England circa 1840, this bowl is decorated on the inside with a three-color cable of dark brown, light blue, and light brown. The cable decoration covers most of the inside of the bowl. The ground on the inside of the bowl has two colors of brown slip. Over approximately two-thirds of the bowl, the ground is a medium brown. On the remaining third, the light brown ground is several shades lighter. The mix of colors, dark brown, light brown, and light blue, is appealing.
The outside of the bowl is decorated with three color slip in a cable decoration with an
unusual marbled effect on a white pearl-glazed creamware ground.
We must say that we have never seen a mochaware bowl this large and this beautiful.
Dimensions: 11.25 inches diameter x 5.25 inches tall
Condition: Very Good. There is a star-shaped hairline on the underside of the bowl which does not go through to the base (see image #8).
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