circa 1820-30 RARE Antique Victorian Blue and White Staffordshire Transferware Large Cheese Cradle
Here is a stunning example of piece that is unique to British pottery, a pearlware Cheese cradle with a Chinoiserie Blue Willow pattern. These pieces were made to hold a large round of cheese on its side.
Cheese cradles were designed with their distinctive curved shape in order to take a whole circular Stilton cheese on its side, so that wedge-shaped pieces could be cut from it. This style was popular from the late 18th C through the 1820's. This dates from 1820-30.
These cradles are extremely hard to find and do not come up for sale very often. It serves beautifully as a unique compote for holding fruits or flowers and I guarantee you will be asked what it is and get compliments on it. I have had it at home for a few years and nobody who has seen it (including quite a few antiques dealers) has failed to ask about it or remark on how beautiful it is. It does have some repairs but not really very noticeable unless you're holding it and examining it. It displays very nicely. I have taken a lot of pictures of all angles so you can see where it was glued and filled professionally and there are some chips on the foot-rim which only show from the underside (if it is turned over). Along some of the edges you can see the wear. Please look at the last half of the photos closely as they show everything close up and in detail. The first half of photos show how beautiful this is filled with fruits or flowers and from one side there is no repair at all.
Don't miss this chance to add this very rare and exquisite piece to your collection.
Measures appx 12 1/2" x 5" x 7 1/2" high