1880's Antique Keeling Flow Blue Devon Platter, 1790 Late Mayers Mark
#AD238: Keeling Platter, Meat Dish, Ashet or Game Plate
How happy we are to have this large and beautiful late 1880's Victorian Keeling & Co. 14 inch "Devon" platter on our Antiques Devon site. The Devon pattern is scarce, and this piece is in wonderful condition. It is clean and bright, with no chips, cracks or repairs. It was found recently in Buckfastleigh, Devon, England.
This original platter made between 1886 and before 1891, when US tariff regulations required the word "England" to be marked on anything for export. It's a great way to date English Victorian Pottery. It is approximately 140 years old.
The Keeling mark is lovingly referred to as the "1790 naked potter" symbol in Keeling collector circles. It features an image of what appears to be a nude potter on his knee. It was in use before Keeling with previous owners, and they added continued the mark, adding K & Co. to it in the late 19th century. The Keeling firm consisted of George Keeling, Joseph Keeling, Wilson Keeling and Thomas Keeling Rhodes, who retired in 1892. It should be noted the mark reads "Keeling & Co. LTD" after 1909.
The text on this Keeling platter mark reads:
Devon (illegible, but known to be part of the mark and this pattern)
Naked Potter 1790
"K & Co" LATE MAYERS
A registration number is underneat, although illegible.
It also has the blue number 4 potter's tally mark under the glaze, K & Co impressed or incised and the letters D2 deeply incised.
Interestingly, the 1790 in the mark refers back to the original 18th century founder, Joseph Stubbs, who founded the Dale Hole or Dale Hall pottery company at the Dale Hall Works in 1790 in Longport, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He died in 1836, with the company then passing onto Thomas, John & Joshua Mayer as Mayer Brothers & Elliot to Mayer & Elliot, and then to a host of other owners along the way. Keeling & Co. began in 1886 and continued until 1936.
This 1880's Victorian era Devon pattern has a beautiful white space between the tight rim design and the actual rim of the platter dip. The white area makes for a stunning design, different than many of the other Keeling patterns with its graphic use of white space. The blue is a rich and dark navy colour and quite stunning. Click images to see condition in close up views. It has a soft and beautfiul feel in your hands, and a clean glossy glaze, overall just a lovely piece.
Size: 14 inches x 11.25 inches
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