Pair 18th Century Creamware Dishes Painted with Fruit



A pair of oval-shaped English creamware dishes dating to the last quarter of the 18th century. These sweet dishes have brown rims and a painted fruit motif in the center. One plate has plums, the other features cherries and grapes. On both ends of the dishes is a crest featuring an arm holding a scroll.

The back of each dish is impressed “Turner,” referring to the English potter John Turner (and, later, his sons John Jr. and William) who worked in Northern Staffordshire. Turner pottery was in production from 1762 to 1806. Its principle products were high quality stoneware and creamware, which is the material of our two dishes.


W 11 in. x L 6.25 in.




$950 for the pair


The Turner family of potters was active in Staffordshire, England 1756-1829. Their manufactures have been compared favourably with, and sometimes confused with, those of Josiah Wedgwood and Sons. Josiah Wedgwood was both a friend and a commercial rival of John Turner the elder, the first notable potter in the family.

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.

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