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Circa 1865

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  • Xupes Reference CE1310121
  • Age Circa 1865
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    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.


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

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  • We offer this very rare English Staffordshire sardine dish with lid, possibly by Thomas Forrster, mounted with a swan finial and dating from around 1865. 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 an attached underplate with a moulded lily pad skirt in enamels of cobalt and green. The body of the dish is moulded with a series of lily flowers, rush stalks, grasses and dragonflies in green and brown against a cobalt ground. The lid is topped with a superbly moulded swan finial, sitting on two lily pads and flowers, with four dragonflies on each corner. The box interior is glazed in a pale pink, as is the underneath of the lid. The base to the stand is glazed in a bright yellow enamel. This fine piece was acquired from the Chapman Collection, Debden Manor. Condition The sardine dish is offered in presentable condition without restoration. One corner of the stand has been reattached with some consequential loss along the break. There is a fine hairline visible to the inside of the cover with a small edge chip and a further couple of small chips to the underside edge of the stand which appear to have been touched in. There is some crazing to the inside of base of the dish.

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