19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Plate - Stephen Folch “Blue Pheasant”
Staffordshire transferware blue and white plate manufactured by Stephen Foch, circa 1820.
Dimensions: Approximately 10” diameter.
The border is decorated with diaper band at the rim and floral panels.
The center is decorated with two pheasants sitting among peonies, leaves, and vines.
The reverse has an elaborate crest and a banner with the words “Impd Iron Stone China Stoke Works”.
This pattern is virtually the same as Mason’s “India Pheasant” pattern. Folch produced a number ironstone products that closely resembled Mason’s "Patented Ironstone China" wares. It has been suggested that he may have been subcontracted by Mason because some of his wares, like this one, are identical to Mason’s.
“The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I” by Coysh and Henrywood.
“Stephen Folch – Preceptor or Potter?”, Moody, Northern Ceramics Society Journal, Vol. 26, p. 108 (2010).
Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage.