Rare Carved Wooden Welsh Ymenyn – The Butter – Dish
This is a wonderful example of a rarely seen carved Welsh wooden butter dish, complete with an ironstone liner featuring the Prince of Wales feathers.
Dating from the early 20th Century, this rich coloured treen butter dish is quite unique, featuring ‘Ymenyn’ – the Welsh term for butter – nicely carved into the top of the border against backdrop of an intricate backdrop of small pressed flowers. The Prince of Wales feathers, the emblem of the Prince of Wales but which are also used to symbolise Wales, also feature both in the border of this dish but also on the central ironstone butter pat.
Although the carving itself is quite simple, this butter board stands out in its richness of colour. It is getting harder and harder to find carved butter boards, especially ones which feature words carved into their borders. Being in the Welsh language itself makes this example quite rare.
This butter dish is in good condition considering it’s age. There are a few scrapes and knocks to board, which are more notable on the edge and back. There is also light crazing to the ironstone dish. However, the face of the butter pat is very clean. The butter pat isn’t glued into position but sits very firmly in place.
Width, 17.5cm; Height, 2.5cm
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