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Joseph Machin Creamer, Yellow Shell Pattern, Antique English Early 19th C
This sweet little porcelain creamer was made by Joseph Machin of Burslem, Staffordshire about 1810.
The "Yellow Shell" pattern was made by many potteries. This shape by Machin is shown in Michael Berthoud's book, "A Cabinet of Creamers", as plate 579 .
Also, according to Alan Roberts, author of the wonderful web page:"The China Cupboard (1780 to 1820)" , "The nearly horizontally pointing thumb-rest on the handle is a diagnostic Machin feature."
Philip Miller, who wrote "The Machin porcelains, 1809 - 1840" chapter of "Staffordshire Porcelain". edited by Godden, says "Pattern 208; Large yellow shell - as New Hall's 1045. Orange-brown rim. Found on a variety of shapes."
The creamer is 5-1/2" long and 3-1/2" high. The condition is excellent. There are no chips, no cracks, no repairs, and no wear to the pattern. There is some wear to the color of the orange-brown rim. There is an "In the making" firing flaw in the base of the interior. The creamer rings when tapped. It is unmarked and without a pattern number.
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