19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Chinoiserie American Market Plate- Enoch Wood
Staffordshire Transferware Chinoiserie Patter Plate for the American Market Plate by Enoch Wood. Circa 1820.
Dimensions: Approximately 9¼” in diameter.
This pattern by Wood is not specifically identified in the literature, but the Transferware Collectors Club has denominated it “Willow Border”. There are many versions, and the Club has denominated this one #2.
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 right.
The central scene consists of three individuals in the forefront, one of whom is standing with a staff and another is seated 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.
There is a printed number “23” and what appears to be a workman’s mark printed in blue on the reverse.
James & Ralph Clews produced a similar looking series, “Weeping Willow Border”, with the weeping willow on the left 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.
Condition: Some age staining on the reverse, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. See photos.