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Circa 1880

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  • Xupes Reference CE1310119
  • Age Circa 1880
  • Condition The sardine dish is offered in excellent original condition without restoration. There are two small chips to the rim of the dish body, one with a small area of loss to the glazing on the exterior. These do not detract and this is a rare and highly desirable example to add 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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  • Originating from the Chapman Collection at Debden Manor, we offer this superbly decorated English lidded sardine box, dating from around 1880. 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 comes with an attached underplate with a brown rope twist edge and moulded with seaweed in a pale green glaze. The body of the dish is decorated with beautifully moulded blue fish against a cream ground with wave shaped incisions. The lid is topped with an unusual mermaid finial lying on a bed of seaweed, leaning back on one arm. Although unmarked, the muted colour pallet with a lilac interior glaze is reminiscent of the majolica of Samuel Lear.

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