Georgian Wedgwood Cream Cooler & Cover
Regular price £4,500
An extremely rare Wedgwood footed cream cooler (Shape No.1109), with hand painted gilt 'Cream' lettering to the front face, pronounced applied handles and complete with the original cover. The underside of the foot displays the embossed Wedgwood mark, circa 1820 - 1825.
The following excerpt is from the 'The dictionary of Wedgwood' by Robin Reilly and George Savage, which displays a monochrome photographic plate of the same shape number produced for Endsleigh Dairy circa 1822 -
"Dairy Ware - Cream - coloured ware for dairy use. It includes cream steins, cream ladles, milk pans, settling pans, skimmers, etc. Some dairy wares are plain, others are painted freehand with border patterns in monochrome or colour. Specimens survive from the 18th and early 19th centuries, one of the most complete being at Althorp, Northamptonshire. Like the dairy ware made for Queen Charlotte, the Althorp set, made for the Countess Spencer in 1786, is decorated with a painted border of ivy leaves. Wedgwood also supplied the matching tiles for the dairy at a price of tenpence each. Plain tiles were priced at threepence. An order from the duc d'Orléans for cane-coloured ware for his dairy at Raincy is preserved in the Wedgwood archives, but none of this seems to have survived."
A one off opportunity to own a 200 year old museum piece in completely original condition, the cooler surfaced from a private collection and it is yet to be determined whether the Wedgwood archives are aware of the existence of this particular example.
A copy of 'The Dictionary of Wedgwood' will be included in the sale of the cooler.
25.4cm Tall lidded (10")
17.2cm Rim diameter (6-3/4")
23.3cm Approx width between handles (9-1/4")
18.9cm Tall without lid (7-1/2")
18.4cm Approx lid diameter (7-1/4")
12.6cm Foot diameter (5")
Completely original with no restoration or repairs, some glaze crazing, firing marks and light wear commensurate with age along with the following slight issues:
The left handle (when viewed from the front) has a very fine old hairline running around the shaft at the back of the handle. This is across the top of it and does not run all the way around.
There is a small old hairline on the rim of the lid, which runs from the top side across the edge and into the underside slightly. This is only visible as it is very old and has gotten slightly dirty, it follows the pattern that has arisen from glaze crazing.
The underside of the cover shows the three firing marks where it was sat on a tripod in the kiln, along with a slight fault line which is visible due to absorption of fat staining.
The rim of the pot has a tiny fleabite above the 'A' of cream.
Overall a stunning museum quality example in near perfect original condition, please enquire for more details.