Ware of the Week

Hand-Painted: Early

Manufacture date: 1800-1830

Vessels: Teaware or holloware

Hand-painted pearlware saucer from the Flanagan site in Mississauga.

Hand-painted pearlware saucer from the Flanagan site in Mississauga.

Early hand-painted ceramics are usually pearlware, and the earliest used limited colour palettes, such as cobalt blue. After 1875, hand-painted wares began to incorporate earth tones such as orange (mustard), olive green and brown. The colours red and black did not appear until the 1830s. The hand-painted designs were most often floral motifs, ranging from large blossoms to smaller, more delicate repeating floral patterns.

References

Saint Mary's University 2013: http://www.smu.ca/academics/departments/anthropology-hand-painted-pearlware.html