M. FORD CREECH ANTIQUES & FINE ARTS
FIRST PERIOD WORCESTER (DR. WALL) DEEP SHELL-SHAPED DISH
The moulded escallop deep shell with curled-over handle,
carefully painted or printed to the center in deep blue with an upright Primula spray,
within a moulded blue feather-painted edge,
raised on a high footrim pegged to the interior; unmarked
This shape has been made since 1750, at Lund's Bristol.
Yet the purpose of these deep shell dishes remains a bit unclear.
Sometimes these moulded shells are listed as pickle dishes,
for spooning of the vinegar based contents.
Other times they are listed as sweetmeat dishes, which would allow for flatter containers.
They have appeared in both blue and white and painted with enamels -
the blue and white from the mid-1760s forward, and much more suitable for use with a spoon.
As well during the 1760s, a small group of flower patterns were reproduced with great care,
presumably from engravings.
Condition : Excellent; no chips, cracks or restoration;
normal tiny glaze skips and flecks
5.25" High x 5"Wide
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First Period (Dr. Wall) Worcester Deep Shell Sweetmeat / Pickle Dish, Primula, c1765-70
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