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Maker:Made by Josiah Wedgwood & Sons, Ltd. , English, 1895 - present
Retailer:Sold by G. Fox and Co. , American, founded 1847
Original Owner:Originally owned by Marie P. Coburn
Mechanically-molded cream-colored earthenware with underglaze red decoration
Primary Dimensions (diameter of each saucer): 5 3/4in. (14.6cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Marie P. Coburn
Description: Group of six cream-colored earthenware saucers, a type of ceramic known as creamware. These saucers are part of a larger group of tea and dinner wares consisting of one creamer (.1), a lidded sugar bowl (.2a,b), four teacups (.3-.6), six saucers (.7-.12), six bread-and-butter plates (.13-.18), seven dinner plates (.19-.25) and six smaller plates (.26-.31). The group of tea and dinner wares is decorated with the same red, underglaze, transfer-printed elements, generally a pattern and border. The pattern consists of a branch containing several of the same kind of flower, the mountain laurel. The border consists of a trailing vine with leaves, interrupted periodically by a cluster of five of these same flowers. Various ceramics in the set are decorated with a shield containing three vines on three trellises. Each of the six round saucers has a narrow undulating rim and is decorated with the flower and vine border at the rim. At the top of the rim, the border is interrupted by a shield containing three grapevines. The glazed surface of each saucer is lightly scratched. Saucer .7 has a hairline crack crossing the foot, with slight discoloration surrounding it on the bottom. Saucer .11 has an extensive crack running from the rim, all the way across the bottom. This crack is surrounded by a light brown discoloration.
Subject Note: The flower printed in the pattern and border on this set of creamware is the mountain laurel, the state flower of Connecticut. The shield containing three grapevines is the emblem of the State of Connecticut.
Object Number: 1998.69.0.7-.12
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