A delightful 18th century Wedgwood creamware flower holder, or bouquetier, the cover has pierced strapwork, the oval shaped body has similar decorative strapwork, and crabstock handles (see image # 3). The cover and base have bands of applied rope decoration. Filled with flowers it is just wonderful (see image #2).
Made in England, circa 1785 it is a Wedgwood gem. The bottom of the piece is marked Wedgwood with impressed upper-case mark. For similar examples see Robin Reilly’s “Wedgwood The New Illustrated Dictionary” page 74.
12 inches long x 8 inches wide x 8 inches tall
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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