This is an earthenware serving platter made by Knight & Elkin some time between 1840 and 1853. It has a blue on white transfer print of Craig Castle.

 

Blue on white decorations were done in East Asia for many centuries, and were made popular in the West by the Dutch Delftware potters in the 17th Century. In about 1800, the famous Spode factory in Staffordshire created a transfer printing process that could mass produce beautifully decorated blue and white wares, making this a very common and desired choice of tableware for the two centuries to come. Potters all over Britain quickly started to make use of this new technology and copied the famous Spode patterns.

 

The Knight & Elkin factory was formed in 1840 in Staffordshire and later morphed into the famous Wileman factory. It was located at the Foley kilns, which served several potteries. Knight & Elkin were well known for their blue printed transfer ware, which was used in many British kitchens and dining rooms.

 

This serving platter has a wonderful image of an imposing medieval castle stood on a cliff. There is water in front, and a young family standing at the shore admiring the beautiful castle, the woman sitting down with a baby on her lap, the man standing beside her. The platter has a beautiful floral rim with large roses and many other flowers.

 

The platter is marked with the impressed mark for Knight & Elkin as used in the late 1840s and early 1850s, and printed in blue a scroll with "Craig Castle".

 

CONDITION REPORT The platter is in good condition. It has crazing, as can be expected from earthenware from this period. It has very slight discolouration on the face near the rims and more so on the back, as visible in the pictures. There is one small chip off the rim. It is free from cracks or other damage.

 

Antique British china is never perfect. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles. British makers were also known for their experimentation, and sometimes this resulted in technically imperfect results. Due to the shrinkage in the kiln, items can have small firing lines or develop crazing over time, which should not be seen as damage but as an imperfection of the maker's recipes, probably unknown at the time of making. Items have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear, and gilt can have signs of slight disintegration even if never handled. I will reflect any damage, repairs, obvious stress marks, crazing or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks, stains and gilt disintegration can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account.

 

There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1mm and a chip is something you can easily see with the eye; a glazing line is a break in the glazing only; hairline is extremely tight and/or superficial and not picked up by the finger; and a crack is obvious both to the eye and the finger. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS 30 X 23cm (12" X 9").

 

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Knight & Elkin platter, blue and white Craig Castle, ca 1850

SKU: A-ELK01
£85Price
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