Shape Type: Miscellaneous

Pattern Type: Chinese, Asian and Other Exotic Themes

Date: 1800-1805


  • Height: 8.00 in (20.32 cm)

Maker: Swansea


A rare pearlware argyle printed in blue with the Fitzhugh pattern and flower groups including one with a beechnut.   The cover has a border of trellis and dagger and drops and floral groups. The argyle was designed to keep gravy in the body of the vessel warm thereby preventing fat from solidifying.  There is a covered inner container to hold hot water to keep the gravy warm. (See below).  It was invented by the Duke of Argyll from which it takes its name.  The finial of the lid and inner cover of this example have been restored.  Although not marked, it is attributed to Swansea.