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Slop bowl

England, probably Staffordshire



3-1/4 in x 6-1/2 in (dia)


Glazed white earthenware

Credit Line

Historic Odessa Foundation, anonymous gift

Accession Number



The anonymous donor purchased the slop bowl and related objects from Heather Higgins Antiques, Winnetka, Illinois.


Slop bowls were used for tea dregs and were an integral part of a tea service.

Pink lusterware was among the most popular Staffordshire ceramics made for local consumption and export. The object form, cast in a mold, was brightly painted, in this instance in shades of pink achieved by firing a metallic oxide glaze of gold.  In addition to striping, this slop bowl has prominent stylized scenes on the body, quickly executed and suggestive of a medieval cottage.  Other objects—some from the same service and others from similar services—include a teapot, creamer, sugar bowl, and cups and saucers with and without handles.  Another slop bowl, accession no. 2023.8, is very similar to this example.