Antique Salt Glaze & Cobalt Blue Egg Drainer /Strainer 18th Century English

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Seller: jantregeagle (848) 100%, Location: Witney, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 112556578666 A Rare 18th Century Saltglaze & Cobalt Blue Egg Drainer / Strainer. English probably Staffordshire or Yorkshire circa 1770. Description: Circular earthenware body, glazed with feathered cobalt blue highlight to the rim. Curved sides with an indented band to the outside and an applied moulded handle of oriental inspired 'lingzhi' form. The cobalt blue gently pooling within the rim of the handle's shape. The bowl pierced with holes making a stylized 8-point star or flower-head pattern. Some pooling to the saltglaze around pierced pattern indicating it was inverted while the glaze was wet. Rarity/Date: 18th Century factory documents sometimes call these type of strainers "egg drainers" and so this is how they are now described. They were often included within breakfast sets and probably used to serve poached eggs - though they could equally have been used for straining tea or to prevent lemon pips from spoiling punch. This item dates to the last half of the 18th Century - probably to around 1770 (possibly slightly earlier or slightly later). Condition: The condition is good for the age of the piece. There are five small chips/nibbles around the rim. There is one chip on the rim which has been overglazed indicating that it was there at manufacture and had happened before glazing and firing. There is some wear around some of the pierced draining holes. The images record these. Diameter: 9 cm across the bowl 11.1 cm from the tip of the handle to the front of the bowl Height: 2.1 cm Thank you for looking the price reflects condition and rarity but I am open to offers. Please let me know if you have any questions. Product: Antiques, Primary Material: Porcelain/ Pottery, Age: Pre-1800, Region of Origin: England, Original/ Repro: Original

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