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Antique Flow Blue Pedestal Serving Bowl, BWMAC Cauldon
This antique Brown-Westhead & Moore 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. Mark on underside is under the glaze in blue, a shield inside a double circle under a crown. A banner across the shield shows initials BWMAC (for Brown-Westhead, Moore and Co). Satsuma appears below, and Cauldon over England. Cauldon is also incised under the glaze, angling through the shield. (Brown-Westhead and Moore were 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.
This serving bowl is in wonderful antique 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. There is very minor paint wear (photo 4). Underside of 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.
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Michelle L. d'Anjou & Char d'Anjou, Evanston, IL
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