Antique large “Portneuf” bowl. A cream-coloured oval earthenware bowl with a double rosette motif in cobalt blue surrounds the outer and inner border. There is a large circular rosette motif (slightly off kilter) which forms the centre of the inner bowl. The exterior has two rosettes on either side and one on each end. An early and striking bowl made in Great Britain for the North American market. Circa 1850.
12″x 9 1/4″ x 3 1/2″ (30.5 x 23.5 x 9 cm)
No chips or cracks. Minor discolouration and crazing commensurate with age. Minor inconsistencies in the glaze commonly found on mid-19th century pottery.
About “Portneuf” Pottery*
“Earthenware kitchen or table wares with sponged decoration known as “Portneuf” (the name of a town near Quebec City). Originally thought to have been made in Canada, then Staffordshire: it is now Scotland, however, that should be credited with many of them. It was put on unglazed wares by means of designs cut out of the roots of sponges and used in conjunction with “underglaze colours”. Much of the sponged ware had a ‘bright fancy character’ admired in the ‘out-markets’ of the world (affordable country wares made for Canada and America, where much of it has now come to be called ‘spatterware’). Floral decoration was common: bluebells, fuchsias, marguerites, peonies, thistles, and nameless other blossoms. Rosettes, medallions, crossed flags, sailing ships, fans, ferns, as well as animals abound. Very little of it is marked.”
This hard to find and highly sought after pottery was made in Great Britain primarily for the North American market from the early to mid-19th century into the late 1870’s.
*Source: Cameron, Elizabeth (1984) Nineteenth-Century Pottery and Porcelain in Canada, Second Edition, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston and Montreal
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