1840's F Morley Fruit Basket Pearlware Plate-Ridgway-Mason-Ashworth
1840s Francis Morley & Co (Ridgway-Mason-Ashworth) Staffordshire Pearlware "Fruit Basket" Plate
This is a beautiful 10.5 inch English pottery Staffordshire transferware dinnerware plate with a graphic fruit basket scene and mark. It has a wonderfulful early Morley incised mark, and the pattern name mark, Fruit Basket, an iconic backmark. It also has an old collectors sticker, which we left intact.
The plate has classic transferware detail on a clean white/blue tinged pearlware base. Pearlware is a lovely soft glossy pottery with an overall faint blue/grey tint derived from a touch of cobalt blue in the glaze. This cool blue tinge gives a whiter china appearance than the earlier yellow creamware.
History: First Ridgway & Morley, Francis Morley bought the moulds of C.J. Mason in 1852, the inventor of Mason's Ironstone China. In 1858 George Ashworth joined the business which then became Morley & Ashworth.
The condition is beautiful, no cracks, chips or repairs. Just an uncommon early antique piece we were thrilled to find recently in Devon. The most we could say is that there is minimal use wear, and some VERY tiny white spots on front as seen in photo if you scrutinize closely. They look like white paint, and believe they could be easily removed.
An uncommon and beautiful piece, well marked and identified.
Size: 10 inches in diameter
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