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Scratch blue saltglaze pottery loving cup named and dated 1765
Dated: 1765 Staffordshire or Devon England
A fine and rare pottery loving cup from the mid 18th century.
The cup is decorated in "Scratch Blue" saltglaze stoneware with typical floral and trailing leaves. The piece is also inscribed with the date 1765 and the name Martha Steel.
Dated pieces from this period are wonderful surviving reminders of a past gift probably commemorating a birthday or special event.
Scratch blue decoration is also a rare find as these pieces from over 250 years ago rarely appear on the market. Most examples are exhibited in museums and/or major private collections.
Most of these saltglaze wares were produced by the Staffordshire potters, however, Bovey Tracey a small pottery works in Devon also made wonderful pieces these frequently named and dated.
Medium: Scratch blue stoneware saltglaze pottery
Signed/Dated/Inscribed: Martha Steel 1765
Current Condition Professionally restored hairline and chip.
Provenance: Irish Collection.
Rous Lench,Shrieber,Earl and Weldon featured similar pieces in their collections.
Illustrations can be seen The Henry Weldon Collection a Passion for Pottery by Williams and Halfpenny on page 47 and the Earl collection titled The Earl Collection of early Pottery figure 61.