Pair of Pearlware Pottery Baskets England Circa 1820


This pair of elegant oval-shaped pearlware baskets and stands were made by Thomas Fell & Co**, St Peter’s Pottery, Newcastle upon Tyne, circa 1830. The baskets were made to hold bread or baked sweets. They also look great filled with flowers (see image #2)
The creamware body was pearled with a lovely blue-white glaze and painted with touches of purple enamel*.
We see decorative purple lines along the top and bottom of the baskets, and the strap handles are each painted with a purple floral design (see image #5)
Pressed out in a mold, the baskets have lovely arcaded openwork sides.
The stands also have a band of arcaded openwork.
The baskets and stands are decorated with three lines of purple enamel defining the border and the outer edge.
**One of the stands is impressed on the underside with the “F and “Anchor” marks of Thomas Fell & Co. St Peter’s Pottery, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, England.

Dimensions: the baskets measure 5″ tall x 10.5″ from handle to handle
The stands 10.5″ wide x 8.25″ deep

Condition: Excellent with original light craquelure in the glaze

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Background of the Thomas Fell Factory

The Thomas Fell factory was built in 1817. It made creamware and other earthenwares until 1890. Production of pearlware was largely replaced by whiteware beginning in the mid-1800s.


Pearlware is distinct from creamware in having a blue-tinged glaze produced by the use of cobalt and a body somewhat modified to produce a ware that was slightly greyish in appearance. Pearlware was developed to meet the demand for substitutes for Chinese porcelain amongst the growing middle classes of the time in England.


By 1760, creamware was often enameled for decoration, using a technique from the early porcelain industry. This consisted of painting overglaze on the ware with pigments made from finely powdered colored glass and then firing again to fuse the enamel to the ware

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