19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Chinoiserie American Market Plate - Clews
Staffordshire Transferware Chinoiserie Pattern Plate for the American Market Plate by Clews. Circa 1820
Dimensions: Approximately 8” in diameter.
This pattern by Clews is not specifically identified in the literature, but the Transferware Collectors Club has denominated it “Weeping Willow Border”. There are many versions, and the Club denominated this one #14.
The border consists of numerous types of foliage predominated by willow trees that fall over the border edge and into the central scene from the upper left.
The central scene consists of three individuals in the forefront, one of whom is smoking a pipe. Behind them is a lake or river on which a boat is sailing, and behind that is a pagoda. All the elements in the pattern, though not directly copied from the book, appear to be inspired by the prints of China by William Alexander in Staunton 1797.
The reverse has an impressed mark.
Enoch Wood & Sons produced a similar looking series, with the weeping willow on the right side of the border, a plate of which I am also offering for sale.
Both patterns are similar to Stevenson’s “Palestine” series.
All three series are very dark blue and probably were made for the American market.
The pattern is generally discussed in “CHINOISERIE, Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750 - 1900” by Halliday and Zeller at pages 41 and 72.
Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage. See photos.