1820's Red Transfer Romantic "Persians" Pattern Pearlware Slop Bowl
This is an early Georgian era transferware pedestal slop bowl made in Staffordshire, England. The piece is a beautiful and fine red and white bowl with the fine blue tint of early pearlware, as seen in our photos.
The piece depicts a romantic classical theme of a woman at a fountain wearing classic Grecian dress. She stands at large spraying fountain edge collecting water in a bowl. The outer edges have a wonderful early scrolls motif and 3 vignettes of sprays of luscious grapes, all in deep red and fine transferware. The outer bowl is embellished with 2 larger sprays of transferware grapes and scrolls. It is unmarked as most early English pottery is.
This pattern is known as "Persian", as some versions have a vigenette mark on reverse with that name, but never the maker. In the Western world, Persia was historically the common name for Iran, which ceased being used in 1935. It was a name for the vast ancient empire from Egypt to the Aegean to India.
The Georgian era is a period in British history from 1714 to about 1830–37, named after the monarchies of Kings George I, George II, George III and George IV. It predates the reign of Queen Victoria in 1837, which is then called the Victorian era.
What is English pearlware pottery? It is an earthenware dating from 1774-1830, the Georgian era in England. A lovely soft glossy pottery with an overall faint blue/grey tint derived from a touch of cobalt blue in the glaze. This cool blue tinge gives a whiter china appearance than the earlier yellow creamware. Historically, Josiah Wedgwood was seen as the inventor of pearlware with his 1779 "Pearl White" line. It is now known that other 18th century firms were producing pearlware in the 4-5 years prior, known as "pearl blue" and "china glaze" in the early pottery trade. Eventually these early terms fell out of use for the word pearlware in the 19th century.
By the mid 1700’s, small bowls were added also to the traditional tea set. Slop bowls, or waste bowls as they were called at that time, and were used for pouring out your cold tea, before pouring another cup. This early Georgian pearlware piece has no chips, cracks or repairs and is in beautiful condition. It has some very mild discolouration as seen in pics on bottom. It found in Totnes, Devon, England.
Size: 5 3/8 diameter x 2.5 inches tall
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