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Grigsby, Leslie B. (Leslie Brown) / The Longridge collection of English slipware and delftware. Volume 1: slipware
(2000)

Dishes and plates: geometric and abstract designs,   pp. 97-102


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S[I P WkRE     Dining and Related Wares 
              L Dishes and Plates 
Geometric and Abstract Designs 
H.: 2 3/4" (7 cm); 
Diam,.: 16 1/4" (41.2 cm) 
BODY CLAY: Medium-grained orange. 
LEAD GLAZE: Overall on interior. 
SHAPE: Thrown. Shape K. 
SLIP GROUND: Cream-colored. 
Overall on interior, running over onto 
exterior. 
DECORATION: Trailed. Geometric, 
floral, and foliate motifs. Interlocking 
S-scroll border within band of foliate 
motifs and trellised diamonds. 
Published- Cooper, Reflections, p. 137 no, 5. 
nD 
IDased on its shape and decoration, this dish fits into a group not yet linked
to any English potting center, yet it is traditionally attributed to that
country. 
The dot-cluster filler motifs and interlocking S-scroll border derive from
pat- 
terns trailed in pale slip against the red bodies of sixteenth- and seventeenth-
century Northern European slipware.' One North Holland dish is bordered 
with pomegranates, leaves, abstract motifs, and interlocking S-scrolls and
has 
a central reserve similar in format (if different in details) to that on
the 
Longridge dish: four elongated oval leaves with pointed ends radiate from
the 
center and are separated by flowers at the tips.' Dutch Delftware also displays
this type of motif, often with the leaves radiating from a small, central
circle. 
English slipware with such patterns includes a seventeenth-century, cream-
trailed redware dish excavated at the site of the modern Sadler pottery in
Burslem, Staffordshire.' On the dish the four radiating "leaves"
and dot filler 
ornaments are within interlocking S-scroll and wavy-line borders. 
   Trellised diamonds, like those on the Longridge dish and on others of
some- 
what similar format,' form portions of pomegranates and flowers on examples
with stylistically similar trailed ornament and less clearly defined central
wells.' Two such dishes display vases of flowers and show design parallels
with 
a seventeenth-century Hungarian slipware dish with the arms of that country
incised on the exterior. 
    Based on the running of the iron-rich (brown) slip with the glaze, it
is like- 
ly that the dish shown here was placed in a more or less vertical orientation
during firing, as seems true of many other dishes in this group. 
1. van Gangelen, wijs man, figs. 1-5 (courtesy 
Edwin van l)recht); Hurst, Neal, and van 
Beuningen, Pottery, pl. 26. 
2. Edwin van Drecht collection. For English 
slipware with related reserves, see Cooper, 
Slipware Dishes, pls. 241 -242; Taggart, Burnap, 
nos. 39, 41. 
3. van Gangelen, Kersloot, and Venhuis, 
Slibaardewerk, p. 80, fig. 99; Korl, Majolica 1, 
figs. 12, 71. 
4. Mountford, Sadler, p. 11, no. 9 (Stoke-on- 
Trent jArchaeology Sectionl collection, 
no. K24.fii.1977). 
5. Cooper, Slipware Dishes, pls. 243-244; 
Christie's (NY), Chorley sale, January 25, 1993, 
lot 158. 
6. Grigsby, Slipware, pl. 87; Cooper, Slipware 
Dishes, pls. 245-246. 
7. Grigsby, Slipware, pl. 87 (right); Cooper, 
Slipware Dishes, pl. 246 (see also Grigsby, 
Chipstone, no. 118). For Hungarian dish, see 
Wondrausch, Slipware, p. 99. 
98 The Longridge Collection 
S39. DISH 
Probably England 
1670-1710 


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