A North Devon dish of c1670

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A North Devon dish of c1670

The potteries of Barnstaple and Bideford had made red earthenware since the 13th century. In the early 17th century they developed a tradition of making tablewares coated with a white slip which fired to a rich yellow under a lead glaze. The vessel illustrates the distinctive sgraffito- (scratch-) decorated slipwares of the late 17th century, which were also exported to the coasts of Ireland, Wales and North America.

Acknowledgments: RAM Museum Exeter Archaeology