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Circa 1870

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  • Xupes Reference CE1310116
  • Age Circa 1870
  • Condition The sardine dish is offered in excellent original condition without restoration. There is a tiny nick to the rim of the cover with a small glaze rub to one corner on the base. There is also some minor staining and crazing to the inside. None of this detracts and this is a stunning and rare example for the discerning collector!   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.

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    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 the private Chapman Collection at Debden Manor, we offer this superb antique English majolica lidded sardine box topped with an eel and dating from around 1870. Sardines were one of the great delicacies of the Victorian era and this type of dish was used by wealthy households to draw attention to their presence on the dining table. The rectangular shaped dish has a slightly domed cover with an eel shaped finial, sitting on a ground moulded in a wickerwork style. The dish is topped with a yellow rope twist rim, while the body continues the illusion of a wicker basket. The dish has an attached stand, and is painted in enamels of brown, with a cream interior and a yellow glazed base. The dish is not apparently marked but is by a quality maker and a rare example of English majolica.

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