Early English Spongeware Soup/Serving Bowl w/Floral Motif in Red, Blue & Green

During he 1830-1880 period the prolific factories of early industrial-era England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France produced fantastic patterns of spongeware as the UK calls it, or spatterware as it is referred to here in the USA. The pottery became very popular in the eastern section of our country, especially among the Pennsylvania German population. The hand applied designs were done by brush strokes, dabbing color with an ordinary sponge or transferring color via a pattern cut sponge attached to a stick.

The beautiful early example I believe utilized all three of the decorating methods to achieve its lovely design. The bowl has a dark blue border done with a sponge; lighter blue and red flowers with green leaves applied by a pattern cut from a sponge on a stick technique and the brown stems brush applied. The soup of small serving bowl measures 9" across and 1 1/8" in depth. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; several very tiny nicks on the outside rim and some flaking of decoration on one flower (see photo). This is a scarce item with a wonderful pattern design in near mint condition.

Item ID: RL0001737

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