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Egg stand

Egg stand

  • Place of origin:

    Yorkshire (possibly, made)
    Staffordshire (possibly, made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Moulded creamware (lead-glazed earthenware)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Comdr. J. A. L. Drummond, R.N. from the Lily Antrobus Collection.

  • Museum number:

    C.5 to F-1945

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 118a, case 5 []

Object Type
Made as a high-footed salver (tray or 'waiter') with four holes for eggcups, this elegant egg stand would have been an ideal addition to the fashionable breakfast table. A minor drawback was the fact that the eggcup feet (which provided stability) had to be smaller than the bowls in order to lodge in the holes of the stand.

Design & Designing
Since it was probably copied from stronger Sheffield plate, this type of thinly-potted egg stand is highly vulnerable and rarely survives.It is not shown in the catalogues of creamware (a type of lead-glazed earthenware) manufacturers, so it was perhaps made in comparatively small numbers. By the early 19th century, however, it was a well-known shape in transfer-printed blue-and-white earthenware, when it no doubt formed part of breakfast sets. Sturdy stands of moulded brown salt-glazed stoneware are also known, made at Brampton in Derbyshire towards the middle of the 19th century.

Place of Origin

Yorkshire (possibly, made)
Staffordshire (possibly, made)


ca. 1790 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Moulded creamware (lead-glazed earthenware)


Height: 7.7 cm, Width: 20 cm, Depth: 12 cm

Object history note

Made in Yorkshire or Staffordshire

Labels and date

British Galleries:
The new fashions in displaying food were adapted to the requirements of the different social classes. The less wealthy often used elaborate tablewares in cheaper materials. This egg stand has been made in inexpensive creamware, while the one displayed nearby appears to be silver but is actually Sheffield plate. [27/03/2003]


Ceramics; Food vessels & Tableware


Ceramics Collection

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