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Spoon Warmer

ca. 1860

Staffordshire, England

Earthenware with gilding and enamels

7 1/2 in. L x 4 1/2 in. W x 4 in. H (19.1 cm L x 11.4 cm W x 10.2 cm H)

$800.00

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Spoon warmers could be found on Victorian upper-class tables as one of the many now-obscure table accoutrements of the period. In an effort to preserve food’s temperature in stately, and often draughty, dining rooms, the warmer was filled with boiling water in the kitchen, then brought to the dining room with the serving spoons placed inside.

Pottery spoon warmers such as this one are extremely rare: most contemporary examples were made of silver in order to better retain heat as well as function as a display of wealth through a luxurious material. Spoon warmers, both silver and ceramic, were typically modeled as shells, drawing upon the nineteenth-century interest in conchology. This Staffordshire pottery spoon warmer takes the form of a bivalve, with details outlined exquisitely in gilding and beautifully enameled sea life decoration.

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Spoon warmers could be found on Victorian upper-class tables as one of the many now-obscure table accoutrements of the period. In an effort to preserve food’s temperature in stately, and often draughty, dining rooms, the warmer was filled with boiling water in the kitchen, then brought to the dining room with the serving spoons placed inside.

Pottery spoon warmers such as this one are extremely rare: most contemporary examples were made of silver in order to better retain heat as well as function as a display of wealth through a luxurious material. Spoon warmers, both silver and ceramic, were typically modeled as shells, drawing upon the nineteenth-century interest in conchology. This Staffordshire pottery spoon warmer takes the form of a bivalve, with details outlined exquisitely in gilding and beautifully enameled sea life decoration.

Condition

Excellent. Overall crazing. Some small flakes to enamels on base, small cracks around aperture measuring 0.8 cm. Gilding retouched on base rim in two areas measuring 1.3 cm. Tiny chip to top rim measuring 0.3 cm.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

Excellent. Overall crazing. Some small flakes to enamels on base, small cracks around aperture measuring 0.8 cm. Gilding retouched on base rim in two areas measuring 1.3 cm. Tiny chip to top rim measuring 0.3 cm.

For a detailed condition report, please contact us.

This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $75.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

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All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

This item ships free to the continental US, and globally for a flat-rate fee of $75.

All objects are packed with utmost care by our team of expert fine art shippers. All items are shipped with parcel insurance.

For more information on our shipping policies, please visit our FAQ Page.

All of our objects look even more stunning in person!

However, in case you are not satisfied with your purchase, we are willing to accept returns.

For more information on our return policies, please visit our FAQ page.

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