Dish with lion, England

Dish with lion, England

Dish with lion
Made by Thomas Toft (died 1689?)
England, Staffordshire
1670-89
Lead-glazed earthenware, with trailed slip decoration
Museum no. 2079-1901

This thickly potted dish is decorated with trailed slips (liquid clays) and was probably made for a country tavern.

Most dishes of this type were made before Staffordshire's potteries industrialised and began concentrating on finely made tablewares. They were later championed as supreme examples of English vernacular art and were a formative influence on early 20th-century studio potters. This one became distorted when fired on its side.