A fabulous three tiered 18th century English creamware Platt Menage, probably made in Yorkshire circa 1780-90. It was made to hold sweet delicacies such as a piece of candy or a small piece of sugar coated fruit. It is modeled as three tiers of shell dishes centered around the figure of a flower. The shells are set on a raised, pierced base with four bands of diamond shaped piercings (see images).
This is a rare and wonderful example of 18th century English creamware. Just imagine this piece on the center of an 18th century table, a large Christmas tree in the corner with lit candles and berries, the children reaching out for the candied jellies and sugared fruit.
“Creamware and Other English Pottery at Temple Newsam House, Leeds”, by Peter Walton page 123 image # 474 describes an almost identical two tier platt menage. It says: “Two tiers of four conjoined scalloped-shells separated by a fluted baluster column and s-scrolls and resting on a domed base decorated with applied foliate and pierced openwork panels; surmounted by a vase molded in the form of an opening flower.”
When we have a quiet moment in the shop we sometimes play a game called “If you could have one piece what would it be?” Hands down we all chose this piece!
H 14 in. x W 10.25 at widest point
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