Antique White & Gold Butter Dish Trinket Dish with Four Leaf Clover Design
We just love it when a uniquely sized dish comes into the shop that offers all sorts of possibilities. Such is the case with this 7" inch x 3.5" inch serving piece. Unmarked by maker or manufacturer, we can only offer a guess as to the possible pottery that may have made this and the original use that was intended.
Thanks to its pretty gold four-leaf clover design and its scalloped edge, we suspect it was a butter dish made by either Homer Laughlin or the Edward J. Owen China Company between 1900-1932. Both Homer Laughlin and Edward J. Owen produced very similar gold floral/clover patterns that debuted in the early years of the 20th century and this pattern could have been a version of those themes. Interestingly, both potteries were based in Ohio and both produced their patterns before the third decade of the 20th century. That means dishes like this were a popular choice during that timeframe.
Petite in size but strong in composition, this dish may have been intended as a butter dish, but really there is many more possibilities too... a trinket dish, a soap dish, a small tea time dish for biscuits or cookies, a side dish at table for olives, nuts, lemon slices, fruit, etc. Victorian table settings in the early 1900s knew no boundaries when it came to specific dishes for specific types of foods!
So while this particular charmer is a mystery on all fronts as to its origin story, it still offers a wealth of practical purposes today. Fun, functional, and a bit daydreamy that's the joy of a dish like this!
- Unique shape
- Gold clover design
- Scalloped edge
In beautiful antique condition. There are no chips or cracks. there is slight wear in some areas on the gold clovers and along the gold rim. The glaze is very bright and shiny.
Measures 7" inches (length) x 3.5" inches (width) and weighs 7oz
This dish looks really pretty with other white and gold antique dishware like these pieces found here.