We could not resist this spongeware bowl. This fine example has THE most charming hand painted Cockerel (rooster) to the inside of the bowl flanked by tall flowering hand painted foliage. This Cockerel design would have been influenced by the iconic Welsh Llanelly Pottery spongeware designs of this period. To the base is an impressed number 3 and a black stamp under the glaze with number 29. We adore the spontaneity of the hand painting, yes a little blurred and run in places but this all adds to the uniqueness of each piece....no two will be the same!!
There is a naive charm to antique spongeware that is VERY easy to live with. Its repeating sponged designs has a comforting simplicity and the bright polychrome colors cannot help but bring a smile even on a cloudy day. These utilitarian pieces were created for use in a farmhouse and are now just as useful for holding eggs, fruit or a summer salad. A collection of spongeware looks fabulous displayed on an pine dresser. It also works beautifully with more faience and majolica pieces.
This lipped bowl measures 7 7/8" diameter by 2 5/8" high.
Condition is very good but as is very common with antique spongeware - sadly not perfect. There is very fine crazing to the glaze all over. There is an air crack firing fault at 6 o'clock ( part of the drying process in the kiln). There are two 3" long, faint and barely perceptible hairlines at 6 o'clock and 10 o'clock. But please be assured nothing that is unstable or particularly detrimental.
This is a wonderfully decorative example that is waiting to impress in its next home. Of course, free worldwide postage is included in our price.
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