This fine example of George III creamware was produced in England during the last quarter of the 1700s. It was then shipped to Holland for its hand-painted Jesuit style decoration in the typical en grisaille black and white palette. We see an Old Testament scene; these biblical depictions were very fashionable during this period. The scene depicts 1 Samuel 10-1. Samuel anoints Saul. Then Samuel took a vial of oil, and poured it upon his head, and kissed him, and said 'is it not because the Lord hath anointed thee to be captain over his inheritance'. There is no makers mark to the base as was common with creamware but there is a rectangular Tom Walford collection label.
We purchased this tea bowl and saucer from the reputable English antique ceramics retailer Aurea Carter who sadly passed away in 2017. Aurea purchased this and another creamware canister (retailed separately) from Bonhams 2012 sale of the late Tom Walford's ceramics collection.
Tom Walford was one of the major British collectors of early British pottery, particularly creamware. He researched each item of his collection thoroughly; leaving no shard unturned so to speak and often proved wrong the established theories on factory attributions. He was an active member of many societies and wrote for and had articles published by The English Ceramics Circle. His taste was exemplary having many rare and interesting examples in his huge collection. We are delighted to offer for sale some of his fine examples.
Measuring: Tea bowl diameter 2 5/8 inch (6.5 cm) by height 1 5/8 inch (4 cm). Saucer diameter 4.25 inch (10.5 cm) by height 1 1/8 inch (3 cm).
Condition: There is a firing fault to the interior of the tea bowl where the cream glaze has not taken, there are some patches to the rim where the glaze has not taken. Please expect some minor imperfections to these 200 year old plus pieces of early Creamware.
The tea canister shown in the final image is from the same collection and is retailed separately.
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