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Elaborate Molded English Creamware Shell Edge Plate w/ Pierced Decoration, c. 1800
A very early (c. 1790-1800 most likely) English Creamware plate with all the bells and whistles: it has a shell edge, molded swags around the perimeter, molded goddess heads, and elaborate edge piercings. The inner rim is also molded. It is 10” in diameter and there are no maker’s marks (perhaps someone recognizes the molded female heads as indicative of a specific pottery). I presume this was a decorative place-setting plate and not one from which food was served. (But I think it would be fun to eat a brownie off of it!)
The plate is in very good, restored condition. There are no visible chips or cracks except for a couple of nicks and areas of roughness on the foot rim. There is some light and scattered edge wear. But the plate has had a couple of areas of restoration: probably lines coming down from the edge in 2 places. These areas of restoration are yellowing somewhat on the back side, but fortunately, they are not noticeable at all on the face of the plate. A wonderful display piece, with in your cupboard or on the wall.
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