Antique Staffordshire Pottery Treacle Glaze Desk Inkstand Standish with History (Code 0894)
A 19th century Staffordshire pottery desk standish for pens, ink etc. It is unusual in having a variegated treacle glaze, and looks something like a cross between Whieldon and majolica ware. Helpfully taped to the base is some provenance giving names and work detail and suggesting a date before 1881. I am unable to independently verify the information, but it all seems reasonable with no outlandish claims. The date of 1881 would seem quite late for the style and it may be a little earlier, perhaps 1860 or so. There is an applied cartouche for Sharpe to the front.
The standish is of typical mid Victorian size and has two wells along with an inset which was probably for a glass or pottery inkwell (not present) and a long depression for pens. There are decorative scroll handles. An interesting find.
One of the handles has the scroll terminal broken off and lost, the one on the other side was broken off and has been re-glued in amateur form. Otherwise just normal period wear and crazing.
Height: 6 cm ( 2 3/8 inch )
Width: 30.5 cm ( 12 inch ) across handles
Weight: 1560 grams (before packing)
Stock Code: 0894 DC17-2
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