Minton Circa 1830 - 1860 Blue Transferware Meat Drainer Staffordshire Mezzanine Chinese Sprigs
Antique Blue & White Staffordshire Meat Drainer
Attributed to Minton, one of the world's best known Staffordshire potters. Circa 1830-60
From the early 19th century, most dinner sets included a drainer, or mezzanine as they are often called, which was flat and had a hole in the center, with smaller holes all around it. This drainer would fit inside a large serving dish and would have been used when serving meat, particularly fish, to drain the juices.
Measures: 12" x 8 3/4"
Condition: Excellent for age, no chips or cracks, minimal, light browning, some surface wear and fine crazing
Marked on back as shown: A cartouche with flowers and scrolls in blue transfer print reads "Chinese Sprigs" and impressed marks include the initials B B (attributed to Minton) New Stone 16 and another numeral or letter that I cannot make out.
To see other examples of meat drainers and learn more about them, see this post on my blog: