Dozen Antique Wedgwood Creamware Soup Bowls with Monogram and Crest



Set of a dozen Wedgwood creamware soup bowls with monogram and crest dating from circa 1790. These bowls feature a wonderful border of geometric design, known as “Etruscan.” It is hand-painted in soft yellow and dark brown. At the top of each dish is a winged creature, perhaps a griffin, holding a sword. The center of the bowls contains a monogram of “JW,” which is coincidentally the initials of the bowls’ maker: Josiah Wedgwood!


H 1 in. x Dm 10 in.




$3,400 for the dozen dishes

In this pattern we also have a pair of platters.


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. When Wedgwood left to set up his own business he immediately directed his efforts to the development of an improved creamware. Wedgwood did this 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. The Wedgwood formula was gradually adopted by most of the English pottery manufacturers.

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