1830's Bessarabia Transferware Plate by John Meir & Son Staffordshire
#AD083: J. M. & S. John Meir Staffordshire Pottery Plate
A classic 19th c. antique English pottery plate with a superb old Victorian embellished thick checkerboard trim. It depicts a beautiful pastoral scene of a young woman shepherd or shepherdess in her farmyard, feeding her sheep, ducks, birds, guinea and hens, and a large turkey. She is scattering handfuls of seed from her skirt, gathered in her hand. More sheep graze in the field beyond the old and tall tree nearby. Her beautifully thatched roof farmhouse can be seen in the background with clouds in the sky. It is creamware and brown in colour, with 6 wonderful vignette scenes of 3 flowers and 3 cows as a running trim in the checkered rim.
History of John Meir & Son Potteries: John Meir & Son were a family of manufacturers of earthenware at Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. John Meir Sr. worked by himself from c. 1812-1836 and with his son as John Meir & Son (mark J.M. & S) from circa 1837-97. They produced high quality ironstone and earthenware, which was widely sent to America. Their pottery ware was manufactured in the famous Greengates Pottery Works in Tunstall.
This old piece is in wonderful condition. There are no cracks or repairs. Click images to see condition in very close up and movable views.
The graphic mark on reverse features the letters TP around a beautiful deep brown mark of the Royal Arms and the pattern name "Bessarabia" and JM & S. See photos. It also has embossed and deeply incised initials of DW and 71-31. The Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom is the official coat of arms of the British monarch.
This old original pastoral piece was recently found in Newton Abbot, Devon, England. A great and early Stoke-on-Trent historical piece. The transfer ware work on this 19th century piece is very graphic and stunningly complex. We believe it to be a rare pattern and example we could not find mention of in searches. The precise quality of the transferware worked is of a very high level.
Size: 7.5 inches in diameter
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