A pair of large 18th century Wedgwood creamware platters with monogram and crest dating to circa 1790. The border is hand painted in the distinctive geometric pattern known as “Etruscan.” This Wedgwood pattern was painted in red, green, or yellow enamels. The soft yellow and dark brown on this pair of platters are a wonderful combination. The yellow seen here is the rarest of the three border colors. The decoration is enhanced by a crest with a winged dragon holding a sword.
The center of the bowls contains a monogram of “JW,” which is coincidentally the initials of the bowls’ maker: Josiah Wedgwood! The service would have been made to order with the initials of the buyer.
H 14.5 in. x W 19.5 in. x D 1 in.
Excellent. Minimal wear to monogram.
$1,200 for the pair, $600 for each platter.
Etruscan is a neoclassical pattern. Neoclassical design has its roots in the Greek and Roman archaeological discoveries in the 18th century. 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 porcelains.
To see similar plates with a red enameled border see Christie’s Dumfries House sale Volume II lot 356. Dumfries is a Palladian country house in Scotland. It is now a museum that enjoys the patronage of the Prince of Wales. After the Christie’s sale the plates were returned to Dumfries House where they are now on display.
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