A Wedgwood creamware sauceboat decorated in an Asian-inspired yellow transfer floral pattern and blue brushstroke decoration under the glaze. The piece is further decorated with hand-applied red (iron red) enamel and gilding over the glaze, the so-called "Imari palette."
The the piece weighs about 7 ounces, and measures about 6-3/4" wide x 3-1/2" high (top of handle) x 4-1/8 deep".
There is an impressed mark on the underside, which reads "WEDGWOOD," and another -- illegible -- impressed mark that might be a three-letter dating mark. That type of date mark was used by the factory beginning in 1860. The marks, along with the shape and other design elements appears to place the time of manufacture after 1860, and certainly before 1890. The Wedgwood pottery was founded in the Staffordshire district in England in the 18th Century. The brand continues to manufacture and sell products today as one of the companies operated by WWRD - The Luxury Lifestyle Group.
Condition: good for its age, with no repairs that we have been able to find. There is crazing in the glaze over approximately half the piece. The crazing is generally clean, with some light staining visible on the underside. There is one very small flake on the top edge near the handle, and near it is a hairline crack (which appears to be stable) that extends about one inch from the top edge. Though most of the over-glaze decoration is in good condition, the edge striping in red enamel shows the most wear.
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