Dating to the mid-1800s, this is an extremely rare yellow ware form. The visual appearance of this game dish is striking with its detailed molding. The lid is finely detailed with a raised quail (I believe) sitting on her nest. The very earliest game dishes dating to around 1800 were not glazed on the outside. This yellow ware form is referred to as cane with only the inside of the base being glazed (no liner).
The game dish measures about 10” from end to end, 6.5” wideand about 6 .75” to the top of the doves head. This is in excellent condition for its age with some rim chips on the interior lip as seen and a firing crack that cauterized as you can see inside and out, and there is a fine line running diagonally inside. The lid is a little lighter than the base but no oven wear/staining.
The bottom is stamped COPELAND with some a number 87. This is a very rare and spectacular piece of early yellow ware for the advanced collector.
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