1840 Clementson Black Mulberry Sydenham Staffordshire Transferware Plate
#AD313: Transferware Plate Mulberry Black Transferwar
A rare and wonderful heavy black and white mulberry "Sydenham" pattern plate made by the Staffordshire earthenware potter Joseph Clementson 1794-1871.
His pottery manufactory in Shelton, Hanley, Staffordshire, England was in business with him solely at the helm from 1838-1865, and this piece is from that Victorian era. It is a black and white transferware design on a 9 inch ironstone plate. The condition is absolutely beautiful.
This circa 1840's ironstone plate is known as the "Sydenham" pattern, named after the district of Syndenham, very affluent area of South West London. The amazingly large iron and glass Crystal Palace was built in Hyde Park 1851, and was moved to the quiet and rural Sydenham Hill area in 1854, ever changing the ethos. The palace was the site of the "Great Exhibition" of 1851, presented by Inventor Sir Henry Cole and Prince Albert, with help and much touting from his wife, the beloved Queen Victoria. It was a huge success and was a 19th c Victorian World's Fair of culture and industry, one we wish surely wish we could step back into for a day.
The Sydenham pattern by Clementson has neo-classic transferware Romanesque and Grecian inspired scenes. It also came other colours, all difficult to find and in good condition such as this. The mark on reverse is the graphic and beautiful transferware winged phoenix bird mark. This mark of Joseph Clementson reads: "Ironstone, Sydenham, J. Clementson."
There are no chips, cracks or repairs, mild light crazing as would be expected. This piece is in beautiful shape. We were thrilled with the overall condition. It is heavy and of very high quality and the transferware is impeccable.
Size: 9.5 inches in diameter
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