1840's Verona, Italy Green & White Transferware Staffordshire Platter
An original 1840's Victorian era green and white transferware platter in the Verona pattern. It measures a large 15.25 inches, with a beautiful centre theme of a small girl and 3 women, one playing a lute, in a lovely late Georgian, early Victorian city summer setting. Verona's Italian architecture is in the distance and an arched bridge over the Adige River. It has a rich, deep and thickly embellished green flower transferware border with scalloped edge.
Italian Travel in the Victorian era:
France ruled Italy during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic wars from 1796–1815. When Napoleon was defeated in 1815, the Italian states went back to their former rulers, many Austrian. The "Risorgimento" (resurgence) movement in Italy occurred from 1815-1861 and was a cultural and political revival. The end result was the Kingdom of Italy became recognised as an independent nation on the 17th of March, 1861.
This 1815-61 is one of increased awareness, travel and Italianate influence in Britain. The elite Georgian and Victorian masses could now freely travel to Italy, and thus ensued an intense cultural interest in Italian politics, language, society, travel, art, architecture. Roman design and Italian history blossomed in England. Travellers (many were young men, and for the first time females were sent to study) also served as travel writers, speaking to great interest from the British back at home.
Verona, with its ancient palaces, Roman sites, arches, towers, statues, and Medieval and Renaissance art became an instant 19th c destination. The AD30 Roman amphitheatre was made to hold 30,000 spectators and is a site to behold.
Of course, for the British, the amazing Casa di Giulietta (the House of Juliet) makes it the city of their own Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Three of William Shakespeare plays take place in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew and The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
The platter is marked on the reverse with a graphic "Verona" backmark. There is also a deeply embossed number "14". What do we love about it? The deep green colour as seen in our photos. We were thrilled to find it.
It was made by an English Staffordshire pottery, but has no maker's name. The Verona pattern mark is a strong Victorian era flower graphic design, encompassing sheet music and a medieval lute musical instrument. We feel strongly that this piece was produced by Cork & Edge, in business from 1846–1860, in Burslem, Staffordshire, England. it resembles many of their other designs of that early Victorian period.
At almost 200 years old, this platter shows minimal ageing and wear. Click images to see condition in close up views. There are tiny firing blemishes, but they must be scrutinised very closely to see. There is very tiny bit of edge wear, but overall the condition is stunning. It was found in the Welsh town of Townhill, Swansea, Wales UK. A beautiful piece we are proud to pass through our hands.
Size: 15.75 inches x 12.75 inches
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