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Creamware Mochaware Bowl Decorated with Trees circa 1800



WHY WE LOVE IT: We love all mochaware. This is in a class by itself! This beautiful and rare creamware mochaware bowl has a thin yellow band of impressed decoration around the top edge, below that is a broad band of orange slip which is decorated with marvelous brown "trees". Each "tree" is unique. In his book "Mocha and related dipped wares, 1770-1939", Jonathan Rickard states "The most recognizable type of mocha decoration is the tree." The tree like pattern is the result of a dynamic process in which the contact line between two liquids, the acidic dark brown coloring and the alkaline slip becomes unstable. The instability is driven by the acid/base chemical reaction. Rickard explains the process: Instead of leaving the pot on the lathe, the turner removed it and carefully held it bottom up. Then he dipped the brush into the dark brown acidic concoction and touched the brush just outside the bottom edge of the broadest slip band, whereupon the dark brown coloring ran quickly downwards while spreading its branches. The contrast between the simple and pure creamware inside the bowl and the strong design on the outside of the bowl enhances both. WHY WE LOVE IT: The creamy inside set against the vivid burnt orange reminds us of a sunset. Dimensions: 5 inches diameter x 2.75 inches tall Condition: Excellent Price: $3100


  • Dimensions
    Height: 2.75 in. (6.99 cm)Diameter: 5 in. (12.7 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1800
  • Condition
    There is a very faint thin line, 1 inch long, in the side of the bowl (see image# 6).
  • Seller Location
    Katonah, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU866513781632

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    Ships From: Katonah, NY
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