Creamware, also known as "Queens Ware" is the cream-coloured English earthenware developed by Josiah Wedgwood in the 1760s. The invention of creamware was the result of experimentation in order to find a British substitute for imported Chinese porcelain, and the cream colour was considered a fault at the time. The lightweight fine white earthenware with a clean rich yellowish proved ideal for domestic ware. Royal patronage boosted sales. In 1765 Queen Charlotte, the consort of King George III placed an order for a 12 place tea set and allowed Wedgwood to use the name "Queens Ware" for the line. In 1770 Wedgwood produced a creamware dinner service of 952 pieces supplied to Catherine II the Great of Russia. Other potteries such as Doulton, Neale & Co. and Spode produced smaller quantities of creamware. Creamware continued to be made throughout the 19th century and later.
A large Wedgwood Creamware footed bowl, circa 1912. The bowl with short festooned handles and a flaring pedestal, decorated to the interior and exterior in underglaze blue with sailing ships in a harbour setting surrounded by antique buildings, with a deep
Two Wedgwood 'Edme' Creamware tureens, second half 20th century, the classically styled pedestal tureens with gadrooned bodies and laurel leaf moulded rims and ram's head handles, one with a conforming lid; black backstamp underside with mark of Etruria an
A fine, probably Wedgwood, cream ware plate of Queen's shape, with a shaped wavy edge and decorated with a print of fancy birds in red. Six other prints of birds to the edge, probably by Saddler & green. Unmarked, circa 1780, width 15 cm
A collection of Wedgwood Queen's ware, comprising 35 dinner plates, 4 larger dinner platters, 24 side plates, 6 tea cups and 13 saucers, a sauce boat, 2 tea pots (approximately), (housed in top right drawers)
A Wedgwood Creamware dish, 1884, an oval shaped dish with an impressed basket weave design to the raised sides and green embellishments, painted to the centre with a loose spray of roses, tulips and forget-me-nots; impressed marks underside. Height 4.5 cm.
A Wedgwood painted Creamware side plate, circa 1810, circular, the border painted with continuous interlaced anthemia in red and black within black lines to the edge, impressed mark underside, diameter: 18 cm
A Wedgwood Creamware ewer painted by Emile Lessore, 1860s/'70s, lekythos form, the body painted with period English figures within branchwork-framed panels, one signed, impressed and painted marks underside. Height 23 cm
A Wedgwood Creamware covered vase painted by D. Clowes, 20th century, baluster-shaped with a pair of tall pierced foliate handles, blue and gilt foliate decoration throughout, the body painted to both sides with roses, one side signed, impressed number 201
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