Four Antique Wedgwood Pierced Creamware Dishes



Four antique Wedgwood pierced creamware 18th century dishes made in England, circa 1785.

The dishes have twelve groups of piercings and a slightly raised scalloped edge. They are lightly potted. The overall effect is very feminine.

The bottom of each dish is impressed “WEDGWOOD” and “W”.


H .75 in. x Dm 9 in.




$2,300 for the four dishes

Background of Early Wedgwood

“Josiah Wedgwood revolutionized the ceramics industry in the 18th century and his story is essential to the greater story of ceramics production,” says Anne Forschler-Tarrasch, decorative arts curator at the Birmingham Museum of Art. “He was a Renaissance man who rose from an average family to become one of the wealthiest men in England.”

Born into a family of potters, Josiah Wedgwood contracted smallpox as a child, which left him with a weak right knee that eventually caused the leg’s amputation. Unable to work the potter’s wheel because of his bad knee, Wedgwood focused on designing, rather than crafting, pottery. That focus on design allowed him to develop new products.

After working with various other local potters, Wedgwood started his own company in 1759. He continued to pursue his experiments with new wares and glazes. His innovative products gained popularity, and by 1763, Wedgwood was filling orders for kings, queens and nobles, and within 10 years of opening its doors he had turned his company into the most successful of the 18th century English potteries.


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. Many of the Staffordshire Potteries learned from Whieldon and Wedgwood and developed their own excellent creamware products.

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