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Date Made:1710-1730
Type:Food Service
Materials:ceramic: tin-glazed earthenware decorated in cobalt blue
Place Made:United Kingdom; England; London
Measurements:overall: 1 3/8 x 5 1/2 in.; 3.4925 x 13.97 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2002.68.13
Credit Line:Anonymous
Museum Collection:  Historic Deerfield

English delft circular salver or stand with a slightly upturned edge with blue chinoiserie decoration. Salver is the 18th century term for this type of flat serving dish that was first made in silver in England around 1661; silver examples of less than 9" in diameter are often called waiters. The cheaper delft versions were produced from around 1685 onward; the earliest tripod silver salvers date to about 1715. The shape of this salver is the most common form; the decoration, which is normally in blue chinoiserie landscape, varies. Although they have been called teapot stands, it is more likely that they were used for other purposes such as a tray for a wine glass or mug, or a trivet for a hot vessel. The stand is a shallow plate on three attached legs, which have been either molded or cut-out in a scrollwork design with a punch-like cutter, with bun feet. The top has a man in a boat fishing, a house surrounded by rocks and bushes in an aquatic landscape; the rim has a repeating border of lozenges alternately decorated with stripes then three lumps; the underside of the rim is decorated with a blue border; and the three feet are ornamented with a blue scrolling design.Recent research indicates that stands such as this were trays used for serving individual cups or glasses rather than, as traditionally thought, supporting teapots. This is based in part on the fact that although very few delftware teapots have decoration matching that on stands, matching cups and stands are known. Early prints provide evidence that trays of this general shape sometimes were employed to serve cups filled with hot beverages. Typically, most delftware stands have upper surfaces which are flat with low angled rims, and most are supported on multiple bracket-like feet with simple scrolled "ears" at the top.


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