Edwardian Green Transferware Bone Dish Marseilles Woods England 1902-1910
This is a Woods and Son, England crescent bone dish in the Marseilles pattern made in 1902-1910. The art nouveau floral pattern on a molded and beaded semi porcelain, a type of ironstone, is a green transfer or transferware floral with hand painted gold foliage and trim.
The crescent dish or bone dish measures 1 inch high by 6.5 inches long by 3.25 inches wide and is in very good +++ used vintage condition. The gold is bright, mild but normal crazing and of course no chips or cracks. There are a few bits of kiln dust and a firing hairline on the base but really remarkable condition.
Crescent dishes were developed by the victorians to sit by the dinner plate and collect the bones of the meal. They are used now for salads, sauces, sushi at the dinner table...even jam and cream for scones at the tea table. I keep my glasses in one at night by the bedside. I also use one on my desk for paper clips. The desk doesn't have to be boring!
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