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. See photos.
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.