This elegant creamware serving piece was made by renowned English pottery Wedgwood in the popular Queen's Ware pattern, named for a commission crafted by Josiah Wedgwood for Queen Charlotte. Creamware is known for its bright, clear glaze which adheres tightly to the surface of pottery and enables embossed details to stand out in sharp relief.
This embossed Queen's Ware handled dish was made at Wedgwood's Etruria Works in Staffordshire England which was in operation from 1769 to 1950. The piece has an unusual form consisting of three lobed sections topped by a long arched handle. The dish has been finished with scalloped edges accented by an embossed border of grapes and vines. The handle also has raised foliate decoration which gives way to a large stylized flower located at the center of the piece.
The dish is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. That said, as an antique item the piece shows signs of age consisting of fine crazing which is evident upon close inspection. There are also stilt marks on the base and flecks of material in the glaze, both of which are related to the production process.
The piece stands 3.5" tall to the uppermost part of the handle and is 9.75" from edge to edge. The glazed foot bears a black backstamp which reads: "WEDGWOOD ETRURIA ENGLAND". The piece also has the word "WEDGWOOD" impressed into the base as well as three numbers/letters which appear to read "3DS", dating the piece to soon after the turn of the century. The dish has a weight of 1lb 6oz.
This charming Wedgwood three lobed dish displays beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to an existing collection of Queen's Ware, or works equally well on its own. It's a versatile piece nicely sized for serving candy, fruit or vegetables. An elegant and useful antique find!
Antique Wedgwood Etruria Embossed Queen's Ware Handled Dish