Two Antique Creamware Dishes with Tortoiseshell Decoration



Two antique creamware dishes each with beautiful tortoiseshell decoration. Though these dishes were made in 18th century England, circa 1770, they look strikingly modern.

Creamware with this type of decoration is also known as Whieldon ware. It was developed in the mid-18th century by the English master potter, Thomas Whieldon. It was made on a buff or cream colored body by sponging or dusting dry, powdered, metallic oxides onto the object after its initial firing. The seemingly contemporary, abstract look was created by the colored oxide stains which ran freely when heated in the kiln. As a result, each piece of tortoiseshell creamware is unique.

One of the two dishes has the paper label for respected British antique pottery dealer Gary Atkins (see image #2).


H 1 in. x Dm 9.5 in.





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