An 18th-century antique English creamware tea caddy with sponged decoration.
This early earthenware pottery was first painted beige and then decorated with sponged oxide glazes. It is a rare example from the period because most of the early decoration was applied in more haphazard way whereas this piece has an appealing symmetry.
H 7 in. x Dm 4.5 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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