Sunday, March 28, 2010

Collecting Creamware

Named for the pale white clay used to create it, earthenware known as creamware actually comes in several colors and with various designs. The most collectible editions come from 1780 to 1820. Several companies including Wedgewood produced the once affordable pieces for the middle class. Now they're a less affordable commodity and are eagerly swept up by fans.
Collection dated 1775
Wedgewood grouping from 1765
Mottled or tortoise creamware from the 1750s
Collection of pitchers and small bowls from 1755-1770
Photos: Country Living, Rufus Foshee (4), The Canterbury Auction Galleries, Dargate Auction Galleries


  1. What type of paint finish displays art the best....crusty old frames....flat or eggshell??
    bonny neiman

  2. All kinds can look great. I find this pretty subjective, but I find old, roughed up pieces of art generally look best with rustic frames. Sleak modern or very formal pieces work well with formal frames. Matte or flat finishes tend to let the art it's framing shine. If the paint on the frame is too shiny it can be distracting and take away from the piece itself. Hope that helps. Thanks for writing!