“Cauliflower” Ware

by Elizabeth PaynterCART Lab Director

Often called cauliflower or vegetable ware, this creamware ceramic is defined by the introduction of a rich green glaze and molded vessels that imitate the shape or attributes of fruits and vegetables. Most often these wares were teapots, coffee pots and plates. People refer to this type of ceramic in a variety of ways. Some include the ceramic as a Whieldon ware type. Others have begun to classify it by its green glaze. Around 1740, this vegetable and fruit ware was developed by Thomas Whieldon and Josiah Wedgewood and the elaborate vessel shapes were designed for them by William Greatbatch.

The cauliflower design was truly made to look like a cauliflower. Cauliflower patterned tea and coffee pots have large bright green molded leaves on the lower part of the vessel. The top of the vessels has a molded cauliflower texture with a cream or yellow glaze. Each portion is very distinct, so even a fragment is usually easy to identify. Pineapple and melon patterns were also popular in the 1760’s and were produced through the 1780’s. (MAC Lab 2015)

For a picture of a whole cauliflower teapot, click here.


FLMNH Ceramic. (n.d.). Whieldon Ware, Cauliflower Pattern. Historical Archaeology. Florida Museum of Natural History (FLMNH). Electronic. https://www.floridamuseum.ufl.edu/histarch/gallery_types/type_list.asp accessed February 8, 2018

MAC Lab. 2015. Diagnostic Artifacts in Maryland. Maryland Archaeological Conservation Lab (MAC Lab). Originally Published 2002. Electronic. http://www.jefpat.org/diagnostic/index.htm accessed February 8, 2018

Wedgewood. (n.d.). Wedgewood and Nature. The Wedgewood Museum. http://wedgwoodmuseum.org.uk/collections/themes/theme/wedgwood-and-nature/object/cauliflower-ware-teapot accessed February 8, 2018


About cartarchaeology

We are the County Archaeological Research Team, part of the Archaeology and Collections Branch, Resource Management Division, Fairfax County Park Authority. We are tasked with understanding and managing the cultural resources on Park land throughout Fairfax County.
This entry was posted in Archaeology, Artifacts. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to “Cauliflower” Ware

  1. Pingback: “Whieldon Ware” | C.A.R.T. Archaeology

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s