19th C. Historical Staffordshire Transferware Plate – “Boston Atheneum”

19th C. Historical Staffordshire Transferware Plate – “Boston Atheneum”

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Staffordshire transferware plate manufactured by John & William Ridgway as part of their “Beauties of America” series, circa 1830.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 6¼” diameter.

 

Decoration:

The border is a repeated flower pattern.

 

The central scene is of the Athanaeum building, as it is properly spelled, on Pearl Street in Boston.

 

The reverse bears a printed mark, “Beauties of America, Atheneum Boston, J&W Ridgway”.

 

In 1806 a group of men in Boston planned a public reading room with valuable books for reference. In 1807 it was incorporated, acquiring its name. This view represents its third home on Pearl Street between 1822-1849.

 

The source of the design is an 1829 drawing by Abel Bowen.

 

References:

“Historical Staffordshire, An Illustrated Check-List”, Arman.

 

“American Historical Views on Staffordshire China”, Larsen.

 

Condition: Hairline visible on the revere, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.