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Wedgwood Basketweave Pearl Ware - Chestnut or Fruit Basket
This is a lovely, white glaze with blue trim Wedgwood Pearl Ware chestnut or fruit basket. The piece is quite light and delicate with a typical basket weave pattern seen on this on many of this style bowl. The decoration around the rim, which isn't frequently seen, is of individual pearls, hand painted in the same blue as the trim.
This piece dates to a period from approximately 1780 to 1820 and is in excellent condition. The only flaw I can find is shown in the last photograph - a flake of glaze of 'wrapping' on the bottom of the foot rim. The shape is a graceful oval where the top rim measures 9 5/8 inches long by 8 3/8 inches wide while the base measures 6 1/8 inches long by 4 7/8 inches wide. The height from table to top of the upper rim is 3 1/4 inches. The bottom is impressed with the name "Wedgwood" and there is a blue decorator's mark. I'm afraid there is no under-plate with this piece.
A form of Cream ware (Faience fine), Josiah Wedgwood was able to lighten the cream color to a bluish white using cobalt in the lead overglaze. This more desirable product was sold under the name pearl ware. This ware also had the trade name of Queen's Ware from being supplied to Queen Charlotte and Catherine the Great.
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