Antique Creamware Dishes with Brown and Yellow Border


A set of ten early 19th century creamware dishes with a beautiful border decorated with brown oak leaves and acorns painted on a soft yellow ground.

Patterns like these date from the last quarter of the eighteenth century into the first quarter of the nineteenth century. After 1800, many of these patterns were painted as underglaze patterns. In many cases some of the details, like the leaves on these dishes, were painted over the glaze. This gives the pattern more depth and a feeling of being entirely hand-painted. These wares often used oxides of antimony yellow, iron brown, and manganese brown as can be seen in this wonderful set.


H 0.5 in. x Dm 8.25 in.






Creamware is a cream-colored, refined earthenware with a glaze over a pale body. It was created in the mid 1700’s by the potters of Staffordshire, England. Foremost among the pioneers of creamware were Thomas Whieldon and his apprentice Josiah Wedgwood. The young Josiah Wedgwood was in partnership with Thomas Whieldon from 1754-1759 and after Wedgwood left to set up independently at Ivy House, where he immediately directed his efforts to the development of creamware.

Wedgwood improved creamware by introducing china-clay into both the body and glaze and so was able to produce creamware of a much paler color, lighter and stronger and more delicately worked, perfecting the ware by circa 1770. His superior creamware, known as ‘Queen’s ware’, was supplied to Queen Charlotte and Catherine the Great and became hugely popular.

Decorator’s Tip

Pair with Whieldon-ware plates for a fall-inspired place setting.

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