Rare Victorian Extra Large White Ironstone Butchers Slab by Wedgwood Advertising Parnall & Sons
A wonderful and extremely scarce example of an extra large Victorian butchers or grocers shop display stand, featuring advertising for the renowned shop outfitters, Parnall & Sons.
Made by Wedgwood, it carries an impressed marking on its base which dates it to 1869. In solid white ironstone, this is an impressive shop display plinth.
Ironstone slabs or plinths like this were used by dairies, grocers and butchers before refrigeration was in widespread use. Stands like these were often placed outside on a block of ice overnight, which would cool the ironstone pottery enough to display dairy and meat produce the following day. In daily use, it is rare to see them in such excellent condition as this slab, without restoration or significant wear.
This sturdy, quality plinth is in overall very clean and good condition. There are some small issues it is important to draw attention to, as set out below, but these do not detract from the quality of this piece.
There is one small surface chip to the top rim which is approximately 0.5cm in width and height and is located on the left hand side. Also on this side are some minor scuff marks and wear to the edge of the rim.
On the top of the plinth is a glaze firing fault, which has created some minor dribble and a slight rippled effect on the glaze above the Parnall logo. This would have been present from the time of production.
There are also a small number of fat marks to the top surface, where it would have been in contact with fresh meat and dairy produce, as well as odd age spots across the piece. There is also a very small amount of blurring to the logo.
Overall, though, especially considering this stand is more than 150 years old, it is in excellent clean condition. It weighs a substantial 5.4kg.
In the modern home, these ironstone slabs look stunning on display. And they make the perfect centrepiece when entertaining.
Diameter, 41cm (16”); Height, 9.5cm (3 3/4″)
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