English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820

A round, footed English Creamware Cress or Berry Drainer with tray (the 2 pieces are “married” – they did not begin life together but they make a very handsome couple!). The Drainer has a pierced bottom and 4 feet. It measures 7 ¼” in diameter and about 2 ½” high. The scalloped edge, star-shaped tray is about 9 ¼” across and the raised edge is 1 ¼” off the table. There are no maker’s marking on the drainer, but the tray is very faintly marked (too faint to photograph) “Wedgwood,” and I wouldn’t be surprised if the Drainer was also a piece of Wedgwood – the colors are that similar. Both pieces date c. 1810-1820 and are in very fine condition: the basket is free from chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc. and the piercings do not have any imperfections or nibbles. There are 3 sets of interesting and faint stilt marks (from the kiln) on the top edge which do not detract. The tray has a tiny edge nick and a shallow chip on the inside of the foot rim (the edge that touches the table). The colors are remarkably close and to my eye, the 2 work well together as a set. Drainers usually rested on something to catch the drips.

ITEM ID
WPA1044
ITEM TYPE
Antique

English Creamware Cress Drainer & Tray, c. 1820

$550

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