Antique Aesthetic Movement Red Transferware Tureen/Lidded Serving Dish
This antique English earthenware tureen decorated with a Japanese pastoral scene and saucer magnolias is sure to be a unique addition to any red transferware collection. This piece dates to the late 1800's and is an example of transferware designs attributed to the Aesthetic Movement, a reaction to the more formal and reserved Victorian sensibilities of the time, and celebration of "art for art's sake." Hallmarks of the movement included incorporation of exotic and natural motifs, particularly from Japan.
In overall very good condition for its age, this piece has no large cracks. Both the lid and dish have crazing as shown. The interior of the dish has some brown staining under the glaze as shown consistent with age and prior use. There is some irregularity/possible smooth chip along the notch in the lid as shown. This piece has no potter's mark and is impressed with the word "Ivory" on the underside of the dish. This practice was adopted among some earthenware potters in the late 19th century to denote the more creamy white body color of their pieces as opposed to earlier, more blue-toned, cobalt-containing ironstone. Some sources have also suggested that the word ivory was added to pottery to appease the Victorian interest in ivory as a decorative material.
Approximate dimensions: 9 3/4 inches wide including handles; 8 1/4 inches square; 5 inches high including the lid.
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