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18th C. Pearlware Blue and White Decorative Pattern Plate

18th C. Pearlware Blue and White Decorative Pattern Plate


Underglaze blue pearlware plate. C. 1775 – 1800.


Dimensions: Approximately 9” diameter.


Decorated in underglaze blue hand painted designs.


Scalloped rim with blue impressed feather edge border.


Diaper pattern cavetto.


Swags of husks or vines with floral sprays form a central star-shaped pattern.



Condition: Professionally restored minor rim chip, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.


There seems to be some confusion over the term “pearlware” as distinguished from creamware. As I understand it, based on an article by Miller and Hunter: “How Creamware Got the Blues: The origins of China Glaze and Pearlware” Ceramics in America” (2001), pearlware was fired with a blue tinted glaze intended to give the object the tone of Chinese porcelain. The glaze was referred to as China Glaze. The is opposed to creamware with its cream-colored glaze.


This plate exhibits the qualities of China Glaze to further enhance its underglaze blue design.

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