University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Digital Library for the Decorative Arts and Material Culture

Page View

Grigsby, Leslie B. (Leslie Brown) / The Longridge collection of English slipware and delftware. Delftware
Volume 2 (2000)

Other: drainers or strainers,   pp. 219-221

Page 219

DELTWAE Dining and Related Wares 
H.: 11/4"(3.2 cm); 
Diam.: 14 3/4" (37.4 cm) 
BODY CLAY: Fine-grained buff. 
TIN GLAZE: Bluish white. Overall. 
SHAPE: Molded or shaped on the 
wheel and pierced. Smoothly concave 
DECORATION: Painted. Flowers and 
dot clusters. Border composed of trellis 
band with five floral reserves. 
Ex call. L. L. Lipski (printed sticker "L_ L. L / 
CollectionlNo." with "1102' written in blue). 
  Che October 24, 1770, inventory of Lord Botetourt's personal property at
Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, records "6 round &
6 oval fish 
strainers" among ceramics in the "Servant's Hall."' Williamsburg
cal sites have yielded fragments of pierced delft strainers. Such pieces
inserted into compatibly shaped dishes. (One fish-bordered, circular dish
an attached, pierced, shallow-domed top forms a possible visual parallel.)
drainers or strainers of this type were a mid-eighteenth-century innovation
occur in a wide variety of painted patterns and shapes; circular, oval, and
fered rectangular ones are most common (see nos. D195, D196).' Creamware
and other pale earthenware versions are fiattopped, rather than domed, and
were made well into the nineteenth century.' Like delftware ones, they have
large, central holes, presumably used when lifting the unit from a dish.
(It has 
been suggested that some delftware examples were inserted into punch bowls
to convert them to flower containers,5 but there is little solid evidence
for such 
usage, and it is likely that the inserts would have shifted during the insertion
of flowers.) 
1, Hood, Governor's Palace, p. 293,; see p. 290 tfbr 
"4 tin fish strainers' in the first stire rooim; see 
p. 293 for "1 pewter fish Strainer" in the 
kitchen; see p. 301 lor a "Salad Dish and fish 
Strainer" among ceramics in the 'Housekeepers 
Room," in the June 26, 1776, inventory For 
Robert Eden, governor tof Maryland. For 
1750-1781 American refierences to fish drainers 
and fish strainers, see Archer, V&A, no. FE60. 
2. Atistin, Delit, p. 199 lfragments fronm 
Chiswell-Bticktrotit House, Donnegan and wind- 
mill sites}, no. 400. 
3. For otiher dlelttware examples, see Archer, 
V&A, nos. E60 V.65; Sotheby's (1,), lipski sale 121, 
November 17, 1981, lots 280-282, Lipski sale 131, 
Mairch 1, 1983, lot 538. 
4. For 16 examples. see Cotysh and lienrywood, 
P'rinted Pottery, pp. 49 391 passim. Such drain- 
ers were for serving bouilc'd tish aind probably 
meai and typically were made to fit 16" 140.6 
cm) or 18" 145.7 coil dishes (p. 1151. For George 
Washington's 1769 order for '2 largc' Fish drain- 
ers" in "ye most fashe kind of Qtieen's Ware 
[creanmwarcF'" and his 1770 order for '2 large 
Oival Fish strainers" in "F'ine Cream cold [warel," 
see Detweiler, Chinawasre, p, 204. 
5. Horne comments IJanuary 1998), citing 
Hfsorn, Tiles, nos. 365-366. 
The Longridge Collection 219 
Probably Liverpool 
Drainers or Strainers 

Go up to Top of Page