A very delicate English Creamware Bowl with a pierced lid (and a slot for a ladle), very elaborate flower finial and rope twisted handled. The bowl itself has ribbed sides and the handle terminals include leaves and flowers. The bowl is 4 ½” in diameter and about 4 ½” high (top of the finial). The lid piercings appear to be diamond-shaped flowers. No marks, but given how delicately potted this piece is, I would date it c. 1800 or earlier. I do not know what would have been served from this bowl, perhaps sweet meats.
Incredibly, the bowl and the lid, including the finial and the handles, are in excellent condition: no chips, cracks, lines, or restorations. A rare survivor