Wedgwood Creamware Charger, Early 19th Century



A large 19th century Wedgwood creamware charger with a crest at the center showing a crown above three stalks of wheat. The crown is similar although not exactly replicating St Edward’s Crown, the crown of British Royalty since the 13th century. The crown represents the power, legitimacy, honor, glory, and righteousness of the monarch. The cross on top (as we see here) is often interpreted as symbolizing the reward in heaven coming after the trials in this life. Below the crown are three stalks of wheat. Wheat is the basis of bread: historically the basic food of England. The border of the charger has a simple neoclassical hand-painted design of green wheat with tiny navy berries. This Wedgwood charger is a simple yet impressive statement piece.


H 1.25 in. x Dm 13.5 in.






Creamware was created in the 1760s by Josiah Wedgwood, who was the first of the English potters to produce a cream colored earthenware with a light colored body. Wedgwood marketed these wares as Queensware after Queen Charlotte gave Wedgwood the honor of ordering a set. As its popularity increased many of the other English potters began to make creamware as well, and it replaced saltglaze stoneware as the dinner ware of all but the high aristocracy, which most likely would have had a service of Chinese export porcelain dishes

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