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Antique small muffin plate or toy dish in a greenish-olive or pale coffee colored clay impressed WEDGWOOD and dating from about 1810 or earlier. Josiah’s Wedgwood’s son, Josiah II developed this olive-yellow putty-colored ware in about 1805. The elder Josiah I died in 1795 and by 1805, his son was ready to add some newer wares to his father’s long line of achievements. Josiah II (1769-1843) is credited with the production of this colored ware and produced it in glazed and unglazed versions as well as in both earthenware and stoneware varieties (Peter Williams 1992: pg 48; Wolf Mankowitz1953: pg 129). His father had produced a range of dry bodied colored stonewares in the 1770s that were marketed under Jasperware and included both caneware and bamboo ware that lacked the distinct olive-greenish hue present in the subsequent drabware as illustrated in this small plate.
The term drabware is probably not the ideal term for describing this small plate since some ceramic historians also use it only for dry body stoneware, such as Rosso Antico, Cane-ware, Terra Cotta, white bodied and the like. Some collectors also call this hue Celadon which is also confusing given the common use of that term with Chinese wares. In fact, the olive-light coffee hue of this small plate was developed about 30 years after these other wares at a time when Josiah II marketed Celadon ware that also exhibited a greenish gray clay body through a clear glaze (Peter Williams 1992: pg 48). Neither Josiah II’s Celadon nor his greenish-olive glazed Drabware were popular and both of these glazed versions are considered scarce and highly collectible today.
This little dish or small plate is well formed, thinly potted and virtually flawless. And following the plate shape used by the Wedgwood firm from its earliest years back in the late 1750s, this small plate has a flat trencher shape that lacks a foot ring or foot rim (see Photos 2 and 3). The glaze has a trace of bluish-green coloring that is evident where the glaze puddles the thickest along a section of the outer rim on the obverse (see Photo 4 at the 1 to 3 o’clock position along the outer rim) as well as inside the impressed lettering of the Wedgwood name stamped on the back of the plate (see Photo 3).
At the time this small plate was produced, pearlware had surpassed creamware in production and popularity and blue transfer printed wares were far more popular over undecorated vessels. The small plate listed here would have been a refreshing change from all the busy decorated ceramics being marketed to the middle and upper classes. An entire tea or dessert service in this drab olive green clay body would have been visually stunning and a welcomed break from the common Staffordshire wares of the same period. So if you are looking for a nice antique Wedgwood (impressed) small plate from the first two decades of the 1800s, then do make sure you seriously consider purchasing this one while it is still available. And as always, this small plate also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to request a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This small plate measures 5 1/8 inches across and stands just 1/2 inches tall along its outer rim edge. It weighs about 1/8 lbs empty (about 57 gms or about 1/20 kgs) and sits on a flat base that has a diameter of about 3 inches (final shipping weight is about 1 3 lbs). This small dish is in excellent condition with no chips, hairlines, stains, major scratches, repairs or restoration. A better example would not be possible without traveling back in time and taking one right out of the kiln yourself in about 1810. Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this small dish for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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c1810 Wedgwood Glazed Drabware Toy Dish or Small Plate (scarce colored body; early impressed Wedgwood mark)
$46 USD SOLD
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