This week's featured saucer is decorated with an orange background and gilt banding, and sports a string of pretty gilt-painted strawberry leaves, a classic English decoration. I believe it was made in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. It measures 5 5/8 in diameter and is unmarked. I'm not absolutely positive, but I think we bought it at the tiny, treasure-filled shop of Bardith Ltd., the legendary purveyor of antique ceramics, on Madison Avenue half a dozen years or so ago. It was not inexpensive.
|An early botanical print of wild strawberries|
showing leaves similar to the ones on
So why do I like this little saucer? As some of my readers may know, I am drawn to almost anything that has orange in it, which this does, and I find the vigor of the decoration (and what is portrayed) to be quite pleasing. The decoration is not dissimilar to a Coalport footed boat-shaped grape bowl we own of a similar vintage that Boy bought for a song years ago at Tepper Galleries in New York.
We have placed this saucer on one of the bedside tables in our bedroom at Darlington House, where it serves as a handy base for one's morning cup of coffee and also for one's evening cocktail when dressing for dinner.
Photograph by Boy Fenwick
Illustration of botanical print of strawberry plant courtesy of BrigidsFancy at etsy.com