An 18th century Wedgwood creamware cup and saucer decorated with a neoclassical design. The design can be found in “Wedgwood” by Wolf Mankowitz on page 48 plate 6 where we see a page from the “First Pattern Book in the Wedgwood Museum showing typical border patterns for creamware”. The shape is a tasse trembleuse. This early Wedgwood piece with its simple design would be a lovely addition to any collection of creamware.
H 3 in. x Dm 5.25 in.
The trembleuse or tasse trembleuse originated in Paris in the 1690s and was designed to allow those with trembling hands to drink with greater ease. It consisted of a cup and a saucer with a deep well that steadied the cup and kept it from tipping. After its introduction in France the trembleuse made its way across the channel to England.
Creamware is the name given to a type of earthenware pottery which is made from white clays from Dorset and Devonshire combined with an amount of calcined flint. Creamware was first produced in England some time before 1740. Foremost of the pioneers of creamware in the Staffordshire Potteries was Thomas Whieldon. He produced a wide variety of creamware. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754-1759, and when Wedgwood left to set up his own business, he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware.
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