An Important Ewenny Slipware Moneybox, Early 19th Century


A delightful ‘Hen and Chickens’ moneybox made for a child, decorated in the ‘Sgraffito’ style. This meant when the throwing of the pot and modelling was finally achieved, the box was dipped completely in a contrasting liquid white slip and set aside to partially dry. When stiffened, the leaf and tendril patterns were rapidly and confidently drawn into the slip and then scratched away, exposing areas of the red clay underneath. Many of these wonderful moneyboxes were made and lost as the eager young recipients would eventually smash the piece in order to recover the pennies saved. Attributed to the Ewenny Potteries, Bridgend, Vale of Glamorgan, South Wales.

A rare and important survivor, a fine example of folk art.

Circa. 1800-1850.

7.5’’h x 5’’w   approx. O/A

Professional restoration to chickens’ heads, also typical firing imperfections and surface wear commensurate with handling and age.

£1250   $1541-USD

Ewenny Potteries by J.M. Lewis, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff,

Ref Number: 221080A
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