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Early 19th century Wedgwood Leaf Form Pickle Dish with printed blue pattern. 6” long, 5 “ wide and about 1 1/2 inches high. Wedgwood did not enter the blue/white transfer pottery market until 1806. Therefore this dish would have been produced after that date. It’s a beautiful dish with serrated edges and crisp detailed leaf veins shown on the underside. The design looks like lace, birds and flowers. It’s just lovely and delicate. I searched Coysh and Petra Williams books and never found any pattern that matched this little jewel. The marks on the bottom have me a bit confused as in addition to the impressed WEDGWOOD mark, there is four impressed circles marking the corners of a square and another square-like impression with sucked-in sides. Those marks remind me of Minton’s dating methods, but this is not Minton. There are no date marks for Wedgwood that I recognize. Wedgwood’s dating system started in 1860 so one might assume that this was produced after 1806 and before 1860. To me, it is just beautiful. It has been in my collection for 25 years or more and I really do not mind if it does not sell. I am only trying to force myself to reduce amount of pottery in the house. Therefore I put a healthy reserve on it. It does have firing flaws, tiny pits and tiny specks in the clay, a few wear spots and one tiny chip in my search for flaws. See the photos - the top right picture shows the one tiny chip I found - it’s the blackish looking spot on the back of the rim. The rest of the photos show the spots with limited glaze or wear. There are no cracks and I really cannot describe the finish as crazing but with a magnifying glass if it is crazing it is very fine.
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