This is a superbly made pearlware meat platter from around the year 1820. It is in excellent condition and good for use - a perfect item for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner!

 

The platter is made of pearlware and decorated with a superbly executed blue and white transfer print of a landscape with a stately home and the famous "wild rose" border.

 

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.

 

This Staffordshire meat platter from about 1820 is such an item: it has a wonderful image of a stately home with a pond (or river?) and two gentlemen in conversation, while a little boat is gliding through the water. The mansion is impressive and modern in the Neo-Classicist style of the 1820s, but there is a reference to a great past in the ruined medieval castle on top of the hill. The border around this plate is the famous “wild rose” pattern, used by many potters.

 

This platter was made of pearlware, a strong and slightly pearl-coloured earthenware. We don’t know who made it as it is entirely unmarked, but it was probably a Staffordshire maker around 1820, and it is very well potted and glazed. These printed patterns vary widely in their quality; this platter is of superb quality in every aspect.

 

CONDITION REPORT The platter is in very excellent condition without any damage and no significant wear. The only sign of time is the fact that it is crazed, which is only visible on the back; pearlware always crazes so this is entirely normal for an item this age. The glaze is wonderfully shiny and the blue pattern has not lost any of its deep colour.

 

Kilns were fired on coal in the late 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles, and the glazing surface can be a little uneven in places. This is normal for antique items from the 19th Century. This plate was fired smoothly and you see very few imperfections.

 

Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th Century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains 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 see with the eye; a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera - I try to be as accurate as I can and please feel free to ask questions or request more detailed pictures!

 

DIMENSIONS 37.5 X 29cm (14 3/4" X 11.5").

 

SHIPPING I ship worldwide from the UK, mostly by Royal Mail 2nd Class for the UK and International Tracked and Signed for the rest of the world. I am happy to combine shipping charges on multiple items - please contact me to discuss. In principle I do not make a profit on shipping although for simplicity's sake I charge flat shipping fees. If the fee charged greatly exceeds the actual cost I will gladly refund you the difference - at the same time if it is slightly lower I will gladly make up the difference. In some countries shipping will end up significantly more than the expected fees and I will contact you to discuss our options. PLEASE CONTACT ME FOR ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING SHIPPING COSTS AND OPTIONS.

Staffordshire pearlware meat platter, blue and white transfer, ca 1820

SKU: A-ANO19
£245Price
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