Details & Cataloguing

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

New York

CIRCA 1670
the rim molded with sixteen alternating narrow and wide lobes, with a raised center. 
diameter 11 1/2 in.
29.2 cm
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The Treadwell family to the Colcord family of New England
Roger Bacon, Brentwood, New Hampshire, March 1967
The Bertram K. Little and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, sold, Sotheby's, New York, October 21 and 22, 1994, lot 483
Jonathan Horne, London, September, 1998
Vogel Collection no. 644


Little by Little: Six Decades of Collecting American Decorative Arts, New York, 1984, p. 79, fig. 98 (left)

Catalogue Note

A slightly larger London dated and initialled dish of the same shape is illustrated by Michael Archer, Delftware in the Fitzwilliam Museum, London, 2013, cat. no. 104, p. 78, where the author mentions five other dishes of this shape with decoration, all attributed to London, Southwark or Pickleherring. Archer states that the illustrated example is associated with a ewer with the same initials, indicating that the function of these deep dishes was to be used as a basin with a matching ewer for the washing of the hands with rose water at the table. A similar example dated 1651 is illustrated by F. H. Garner, English Delftware, pl. 11B, who comments on p. 13 that "dishes of moulded form... based on contemporary silver and pewter models, sometimes formed part of dinner services. Molded 'rosewater dishes' were, however, made of delftware long before the introduction of dinner plates of the material, and these played an important part, with the dinner-napkin, in table manners in the time before the form came into general use."

A smaller charger from a different mold with twenty-four lobes is illustrated by Frank Britton, English Delftware in the Bristol Collection, 1982, p. 52, cat. no 3.6, and is attributed as "perhaps London".

The dish is accompanied by a label transcribing the hand-written note, dated 1876, that accompanied the dish when the previous owners purchased it: My Grandmother Colcord's maiden name was Annie Walden. This was her Grandmother's whose name was Tredwell. Been in the family 200 years. Mr. Samuel Colcord. Written 1876.

The Collection of Anne H. & Frederick Vogel III

New York