1830's Blue & White Staffordshire Transferware "Classical Fountain" Platter
19th Century Staffordshire Italianate Platter, Meat Dish, Ashet or Game Plate
This is a large and beautiful 17 inch blue and white platter with a classic and romantic Italianate scene. The scene features lovely antique transferware blues with a deep rim of flowers, leaves and early Georgian to Victorian era art and iconic design embellishments. It has an interesting blue mark on the reverse of a crowned garter with a scriptive "No." in center. This mark has flowers as embellishment, and a ribbon banner with the words "Ironstone China" in all caps.
This pattern and its interesting blue transfer mark is spoken of in the pottery book by AW Coysh and RK Henrywood entitled "The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. II", Woodbridge, Suffolk, published by Baron Publishing in 1989. The "No." mark is elusive to transferware researchers as to who the maker may have actually been. This piece also has a deeply impressed number "10" on bottom.
The platter has a center scene of a large and ornate 3 cherub figural fountain on left. It has many many carved stone figures above, with a larger carved urn behind. There is a backdrop of tall trees, meadows in the distance, a low stone balustrade fence to represent a classic estate grounds. More urns and floral sprays follow us down to the river's edge, where the right side depicts an impressive architectural scene of a large Italianate building on the water with columns, a Romanesque figure, tall fountains, foliage and 2 small sailboats. The city of Venice and Italy in general comes to mind.
It should be noted that from 1796-1815, the Georgian era British population was cut off from Italy from the time Napoleon and his army crossed int the Alps, until he was defeated at the 1815 Battle of Waterloo. At the time this piece was made, British tourists, artists, painters, travel writers and the elite and romantic public were streaming back to its shores.
This is a beautiful 200 year old piece was found in Exeter, Devon, England. Click images to see condition in close up views. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. The most we could say is that it has ever so slight age yellowing to reverse around bottom rim, as seen in photos and a scuff in top glaze in the white bottom rim area. Overall, it is amazingly clean, beautiful and bright.
Size 17 x 14 inches
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Book: Anthology of British Cups, Michael Berthoud 1982 (Coffee Cans too)