This sturdy American antique bowl was made of a nice butter colored clay. The rolled rim dates it to the 1800's and the thunk it makes when tapped marks it as American rather than English. There are two bands of white slip decorating the center of the bowl and they are encircled by a single brown band top and bottom. No maker's mark, which is typical. Because yellow ware was so durable and inexpensive, it was popular in kitchens for more than 100 years, finally losing favor when lighter weight, even cheaper materials were introduced in the 1940's. There is a good possibility that the clear glaze on this bowl contains lead, so to be on the safe side, don't use it for prepping food (It's okay to use it as a fruit bowl, as we have.)
This bowl is in wonderful condition. The clear glaze is not crazed and the interior, which has just a few tiny glaze pops, and the exterior are immaculate. The foot has scuffs and nicks that have darkened with age and if you look closely at photograph #3, just left of the center area above the bottom rim, you'll see a fine hairline about 2 inches long. It's shallow and does not go through to the interior. Measuring 10 inches across the top, the bowl stands 5 inches tall and tapers down to a 5 inch diameter base and weighs 3 pounds, 11 ounces.
This great bowl makes any kitchen or dining room look that much better.
By: Linda Henrich
Photo By: Wayne Henrich