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    Artist Name:

    Leeds Pottery

    Nationality & Life Dates:

    Leeds, England

    Title:

    Water Cistern and Cover

    Date:

    1790-1795

    Medium:

    Cream colored earthenware

    Dimensions:

    31 inches

    Credit Line:

    Purchase in memory of Frances Floyd Cocke

    Accession Number:

    2009.6 a-b

    Currently Not on View
    This rare Neoclassical creamware water cistern and cover is an impressive example of English creamware. The architectural body, decorated with fluted pilasters and acanthus molding, is embellished all over with water motifs. A central medallion of Neptune molded in relief is flanked by swags of seashells with a dolphin spout beneath, while two mermen holding seashells sit at the shoulders. The cistern would have been placed in the dining room on a wooden stand, with a basin underneath to wash one’s hands. In the elaborate cooking and dining customs of eighteenth-century England’s upper class, cream-bodied earthenware with colorless lead glaze gained popularity. At thirty-one inches high, this cistern would have been one of the largest wares of its type produced at the time.



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