E & M PerezEllen and Michael Perez

Caneware Hen and Chicks Terrine - ca 1850 - Lidded Game Pie

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A finely cast and rare caneware terrine or covered game dish, mid 19th century, England or possibly French or German. Measures 6 3/4" high and is 7 1/4" in diameter. Signed on lid, looks like C S, possibly another letter and the number 9. No marks on base, but there are some pockmarks visible, so any marks in those areas would be missing. The base has a basketweave design, very much like the works of Joshua Wedgwood, who created the first of these wares in the late 18th century. Caneware is a pale colored stoneware, unglazed, often with woven designs that contributed to the name. Products include utilitarian objects for cooking and dining, from simple forms to more elaborate items like this game bird terrine or tureen. Wedgwood, Minton, and others were known in Great Britain for such wares, and some items were also made on the Continent, including France and Germany. This terrine is wonderfully detailed, from the woven base to the hen on the lid, complete with detailed feathering, leaves, straw, and the 6 chicks nestling under her. The eyes of the birds are touched up with brown glaze or paint. Condition is good, considering the age and fragility of the pottery. There are slight chips around the edge of the base, and the lid has some edge chips, one visible from top-. There are two lines in the body of the bird, just at her left shoulder, but they appear to be separation of the clay, and likely during the construction. No lines are seen on the underside of the lid. As this item is antique, roughly 170 years old, there will be wear, chips, and other signs of usage, so it is sold as is. Please read the condition report and view all photos.