Porcelain Wine Bin NumbersThe Hendersons
We initially thought these to be door numbers, but it has come to our attention that they're rather rare wine bin numbers, which are very sought after, especially in porcelain
The following is from the V&A website.
'Wine, bin labels are the lowly but elder relations of decanter labels and served a different purpose. Their origins go back to the mid 17th century when the binning or storage of wines first became important. They then served a utilitarian purpose identifying unmarked bottles in lying in the depths of gentlemen's or wine merchants cellars. They were either directly nailed to a shelf on which were stored the bottles or barrels or directly to the barrel itself.
Bin labels are in the main made from pottery including Delftware and creamware, or broadly speaking, earthenware. They are therefore highly susceptible to damage and destruction and therefore there are far fewer bin labels than decanter labels still in existence. Most bin labels are white or cream coloured with black lettering; the typography varies from the almost primitive to some fine lettering, generally below but sometimes above the glaze.'
Each one measures 55cm x 70cm