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Blue Banded Inlaid Agate Mocha Creamer

Presented here, a Mocha Creamer most rare!  In the manufacture of this little creamer, hard fragments of clay were pressed into the wet body of the pot. (Tiny bits of clay in different colors were rolled out to form a thin sheet which was applied to the pot's surface with a thin layer of slip acting as an adhesive.) These fragments were colored and patterned in such a way as to give the effect of marquetry or a mosaic.  This is a very early pattern and rarely found in the United States.  The surface is much smoother than that of surface agate where the clay fragments were cut off.  The individual fragments can still be felt, however, by running one's hand over the surface of the pot.  This pattern was of very limited production and eventually discontinued due to the time and expense it consumed.  Newcastle controlled and patented this process, c. 1805.

The fact that this creamer was made on a REDWARE body is extremely rare.  One hardly ever encounters Mocha decoration on redware!  The inside of the creamer is covered in a white slip and the rim on the interior is the same color brown as that on the exterior.  The ear shaped handle is reeded.  The condition is high-outstanding with only a few very insignificant "flea bites" on the bottom table ring  that I mention for the sake of accuracy.  The creamer stands 3-7/8" hall and is about 4-1/2" wide at the bulge, not including the handle.  An exceptional and rare piece of Mocha for the advanced collector . . .


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