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Circa 1865

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  • Xupes Reference CE1310113
  • Age Circa 1865
  • Condition The sardine dish is offered in excellent presentable condition without significant loss or damage. The shell finial has a couple of areas of glaze loss and may possibly have been reattached although we are uncertain of this. There are a few very minor surface glaze rubs and a very small chip to the inner rim but these certainly do not detract. There is also some fine surface age crazing. This is a rare and stunning example and a wonderful addition to any serious collection!   View More Details



    Item is in unworn or unused condition and there are no visible imperfections.


    The item is in exceptional pre-owned condition and shows almost no signs of wear with very few imperfections.


    The item is in excellent pre-owned condition and shows minimal signs of wear with minor imperfections detailed in the condition report.

    Very Good

    The item is in very good condition and shows one or two noticeable signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in good pre-owned condition and shows some general signs of wear or patina relative to its age.


    The item is in fair pre-owned condition and shows overall wear or patina relative to its age.

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  • From an extensive private collection we offer this superb and rare antique English majolica lidded sardine dish, unmarked but possibly by Minton. Sardines were one of the great delicacies of the Victorian era and these types of dishes were used by wealthy households to draw attention to their presence on the dining table. The rectangular shaped dish has a moulded wickerwork style design to the body, with purple glazing to the inside. The dish has a recessed domed lid moulded with a conch shell finial, sitting on a bed of leaves. The dish is painted in coloured enamels on a bright blue ground, with green highlights and a brown rim to the body. The base is glazed in a pale yellow and although unmarked, the design and colouring is typical of Minton majolica. This fine piece was acquired from the Chapman Collection, Debden Manor.

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