A fine and rare Dr. Wall First Period mustard or condiment spoon. The leaf molded and scrolled handle is picked out in blue enamel, while the circular basin of the spoon features a cell border around a central flower head. This is the type spoon that would be used with a mustard pot shown as item p1123 in this category, and is shown with the pot in the last photo for this item.
The length of the spoon is 3 7/8". Condition is superb, with no chips, cracks, or restoration. (The spot on the left side of the spoon basin in the first photo is light reflection, and not a flaw.) Because of the extreme delicacy of this form they are rarely found in intact condition, making this example a true rarity and accounting for the auction sale prices of $1,400 to $1,800 for examples in similar condition..
Provenance: This mug was part of the Frank and Harriet Burnap Collection of English Pottery and Porcelain, comprising more than 1,300 examples of slipware, delftware and stoneware, and being the most important collection of pre-industrial British pottery outside Britain. The collection, in part, was gifted to the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO, in the early 1950s.