19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Plate – Stubbs “Italian” Pattern
Italian pattern plate by Joseph Stubbs circa 1825 – 1830.
Dimensions: Approximately 8” diameter.
The rim is decorated with a series of roses.
The center has a pastoral scene with a shepherdess, cows, and sheep situated among gothic ruins.
The reverse has the impressed mark “Stubbs”. The are a few glaze hairlines that are not visible on the front.
Condition: Spider glaze hairlines on reverse. Otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. See photos.
Joseph Stubbs' version of this popular Spode pattern is illustrated on a platter in Coysh and Henrywood, The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I, at page 192, and contrasted with the original Spode design. As noted at page 191, the Stubbs version has slight differences, principally different figures and cattle in the foreground of the scene.
The floral border is also different, similar to that used for the "Wild Rose" or "Nuneham Courtenay, Oxfordshire" pattern. Several other Staffordshire potters also copied the design.