An extremely rare creamware cauliflower-ware slop bowl. The outside moulded as a cauliflower. Clear lead glaze over deep cream coloured creamware body. The leaves coloured green with under-glaze copper oxide. Straight turned foot ring with recessed base which is partially unglazed.
The base has a collector’s label for the ‘Mary & Peter White Collection [No:] 1695”.
Cauliflower wares are scarce and usually turn up as teapots or occasionally coffee pots, but slop bowls are extremely rare with only a limited number of complete examples known.
Teapots and coffee pots are illustrated in many books including ‘British Teapots and Tea Drinking’ (1992) Emmerson p.68. or ‘William Greatbatch’ (1991) Barker, p.257 etc. However only Reilly (Wedgwood The New Illustrated Dictionary) (1995) p.98 shows any examples which match the straight vertical leaf stems as found on this slop bowl. Reilly states that they were “of the type made by Wedgwood and other Staffordshire and Yorkshire potters”.
Made circa 1765-1775, possibly by Wedgwood (who produced cauliflower wares from c.1759).
I have been unable to find any published examples of complete slop bowls.
The final photo includes a teapot for scale (not included in this sale)
64mm high (to top of rim).
There is paint on the inside which appears to be there to disguise a very faint hairline, which I have tried to show in the photos with red arrows. The hairline is not visible on the outside. There may be a very small filled rim chip also hidden below the paint but impossible to be sure without removing the paint.