Pair Tortoiseshell Ware Called Whieldon Ware England Mid-18th Century Circa 1765


This pair of antique creamware dishes each have exquisite tortoiseshell decoration. Though these dishes were made in mid-18th century England, circa 1765, they look strikingly modern. The decoration was made on a buff or cream-colored plate by sponging or dusting dry, powdered, metallic oxides onto the plate after its initial firing. The seemingly contemporary, abstract look was created using colored oxide stains, which ran freely when heated in the kiln. As a result, each piece of tortoiseshell creamware is unique.
Creamware with this type of decoration is also known as Whieldon ware. It was developed by the English master potter Thomas Whieldon.

Dimensions: diameter 9.25″ and 9.5.”

Condition: Excellent

In stock

Background of Tortoiseshell Decoration on Creamware

Tortoiseshell ware is created by dusting or sponging with metallic oxides before glazing the buff-colored creamware body. During the firing, the colors flow to produce the tortoiseshell effect. Thomas Whieldon first mentioned tortoiseshell wares in his Account and Memorandum Book of 1749. In his Experiment Book, Josiah Wedgwood states that in 1759 tortoiseshell ware was the second most important ware when he worked as an apprentice at the Whieldon factory.

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