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Place Made:
Staffordshire England United Kingdom
Date Made:
salt glaze –stoneware
HOA: 1 1/2; DIA: 3 1/16
Accession Number:
3866.2 a
Off-white salt-glazed stoneware teacup with herringbone rouletting and “scratch blue” floral incised decoration filled with cobalt.

STYLE: Scratch blue ware is a type of English 18th century salt-glazed stoneware decorated before firing with incised designs or inscriptions into which a mixture of clay and cobalt was rubbed. Objects of this type date from 1724-1776. It appears to have superseded the slightly earlier scratch brown ware, on which the decorations were colored with a brown pigment mixed with clay.

The accompanying saucer is slightly later than the cup, as the somewhat degenerated style of its decoration indicates.

Credit Line:
Martha Womble Purchase Fund