19th C. American Market Castleford-Type Covered Sugar Bowl

19th C. American Market Castleford-Type Covered Sugar Bowl

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Smear-glazed stoneware covered sugar bowl, circa 1810.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 5¼” long x 4” wide x 5¼” tall (including lid).

 

Decoration:

The shape of the molded and highly decorated body and lid mimic silver forms of the period.

The lid has a molded relief oak leaf border and a floral knop.

 

The rim of the body ringed with a band of relief circles, each impressed with a star.

 

The body has relief panels separated by bands of the same design as the rim and a band of acanthus leaves around the base.

 

One side panel displays the Great Seal of the United States and the other the head of Liberty.

 

On the ends, relief loop handles further mimic period silver.

 

The base is unmarked and bears a label, “Castleford - Amer. Mkt ca. 1810”.

 

White stoneware was made at Castleford, near Leeds in England during the first quarter of the nineteenth century. The material contained a high feldspar content which created a degree of opacity unusual in a stoneware. The designs often resembled contemporary silver models.

 

Smear glazing involves coating stoneware with a "smear" of glaze so thin it does not obscure surface decoration.

 

Condition: Hairline on body otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.