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Late 18th Century English Creamware Food Warmer or Veilleuse
One of the more unusual of the early English creamware forms, this late 18th century food warmer or Veilleuse is basically a stand into which a heat source and a warming dish are placed. It has a round shallow well on the inside bottom to hold a candle or dish with oil and pierced decoration on 2 sides. There are 2 large handles and an open top. An insert (or perhaps a teapot) would have been placed in the top and in it, the food (porridge, soup or stew, most likely) to be warmed. These could have been used at the table or perhaps in an invalid’s (or child’s) room to keep food warm. This warmer is 6 ½” high and the canister is 4 ¾” in diameter (at the top; the bottom is 5 ½” in diameter); the handle-to-handle distance is about 9”. The piece is unmarked, although I have seen others of similar size and color marked Wedgwood. Condition is good: there is a small (3/4” x ¼” approx..) chip in the left side of the opening in the front that has been neatly and securely glued in, and a faint, ½” hairline coming off the left side of this opening. Some slight roughness on the edges of the handles, but no large chips, cracks, etc.
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