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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Antique English 18th-century Salt-glaze Stoneware Heart Sweetmeat or Pickle Dish, Circa 1740-60"
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The circular sweetmeat dish is moulded into six identical heart-shaped sections with a large flower head to the centre. Each section is centered with a fleur de lis design and multiple scallop-shell designs to the center and each corner with the edges with scrolling vines.
Dimensions: 8 inch diameter x 3/4 inch high
Winterthur Museum, for a small heart-shaped dish with almost identical decoration (object # 1958.0889)
Grigsby, Leslie B. 1990. The Henry H. Weldon Collection: English Pottery, Stoneware and Earthenware 1650-1800.
Very similarly modeled example: c. 1765 (see Notes for this Winterthur record.)
Luxmoore, Chas. F. 1924. English Saltglazed Earthenware.
Block for heart-shaped dish with similar relief decoration: pl. 48
Mountford, Arnold R. Thomas Wedgwood, John Wedgwood, and Jonah Malkin - Potters of Burslem (1972 MA Thesis).
Period references to "hearts": appendix III, p. 64; appendix IV, pp. 9 & 16 (see Notes for this Winterthur record.)
Mountford, Arnold R. 1971. The Illustrated Guide to Staffordshire Salt-Glazed Stoneware.
1744-dated heart-shaped alabaster mold for pickle tray: fig. 31