Pair Antique Minton Pearlware Leaf Shaped Pickle Dish B&W Willow c 1800
A lovely pair of antique Georgian period pearlware items dating from around 1800. These pickle dishes are moulded in the shape of a leaf and have relief moulded veins giving a realistic look. Each has a serrated edge and has been transfer printed in blue and white with the standard willow pattern, a design based upon Chinese patterns. The base of each has been marked with a small underglaze blue crown workman's mark which has been attributed to Minton. Thomas Minton an engraver moved to Stoke, Staffordshire , England, in 1793 and started his own pottery factory in 1796. These pickle dishes are likely to have been manufactured in the first few years of his operation.
The dishes each measure 5 3/4 inches long by 5 1/4 inches wide and stand 1 1/2 inches high. They weigh a total of 206 grammes unpacked. Each have some damage - there is a piece that has been broken on one there are also some minor chips to the points of the rim on the other. Despite the damage they still display well and are great items for any collector of pearlware or pickle dishes or early Minton pottery.
An Illustrated Guide to Minton Printed Pottery 1796-1836 by Geoffrey H. Priestman.
Transfer ware collectors club database pattern reference number 249