This antique Cauldon serving bowl, in a flow blue pattern called Satsuma, features a lovely blue flower motif alternating with a geometric design all around the inside. A lightly-drawn double blue line separates the design from the floor of the bowl and again from the top edge. At either end is a pierced handle adorned with a flat porcelain ribbon. The outside wall of the bowl echoes the décor of the inside, while the edge of the pedestal repeats the double line motif, so there is lovely embellishment visible from every angle. The flow blue work of this piece is very fine, and the exterior band of flowers is especially delightful.
The bowl is 13" long x 9" wide x 2 3/4" high overall. Pedestal is 6 5/8" long x 4 5/8" wide x 1 1/8" tall. In the recess of the pedestal is an underglaze mark in blue of a shield inside a double circle under a crown. A banner across the shield shows initials BWMAC (which stands for Brown-Westhead, Moore and Co). The pattern name, Satsuma, appears below, and Cauldon over England. The word Cauldon is also incised under the glaze at an angle through part of the shield. Brown-Westhead and Moore had been partners in the Cauldon Company after the last of the founding Ridgway family sold out in 1856. The final 19th century form of the company, BWMAC Cauldon, used this mark from 1862-1904, when ownership and marks changed.
This serving bowl is in wonderful condition, with a few very pale "freckles" and some very light utensil marks in the bottom of the bowl, both too slight to show up in a photo. The underside of the pedestal shows a bit of discoloration from age (photo 6). There are no flaws, cracks, chips, or crazing to this great old service piece, now at least 110 years old. The piece will display fabulously, with its exterior band of flow blue flowers and its pierced handles.
Item ID: 2224
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