A Swansea creamware dish
Lot 140
A Cambrian pearlware dish circa 1800
Sold for £1,260 (US$ 2,117) inc. premium
Lot Details
A Cambrian pearlware dish
circa 1800
from the so-called Nelson service, of oval shape, gilded in the centre with a Garter Star surrounded by six gilt scattered sprigs, within a blue and gilt formal border, 27.8cm wide, impressed upper case Swansea mark (restored and some wear to the gilding)


  • Nelson visited Swansea in 1802, and was awarded the freedom of the town as recorded in the Borough Records of Saturday, August 14th. During his stay he visited the Cambrian Pottery. A letter formerly in the possession of the late Miss Dilwyn, dated 7th December, 1802, was written by Nelson to Haynes, Dilwyn and Co. and begins 'Gentlemen, I should be very happy to receive your pottery...'. See Morton Nance (1942), pp. 81-82. However, this service traditionally referred to as 'The Nelson Service' is unlikely to be that ordered by Nelson. It bears the Garter Star, but Nelson was not a Knight of the Garter. The Garter Star is a motif traditionally associated with the work of Thomas Pardoe, and this lot is likely to have been decorated by him.
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