19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Platter – Scene after Lorraine
Very large Staffordshire blue Leeds transferware well & tree meat platter "Scene after Claude Lorraine". Circa 1800.
Dimensions: Approximately 18 ½” x 13 ¾”
The rim is decorated in numerous small vignettes.
The central scene is very complex. It is composed of trees and foliage, a Romantic ruin, a stream and lake, a bridge with four figures, a fisherman on the bank, two men in a boat, and a goatherd or shepherd and goats and a sheep.
Impressed mark “Leeds Pottery” on reverse. See photos.
This pattern is referenced and illustrated on a platter in “The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I” by Coysh and Henrywood at p. 323. According to them, John and Richard Riley also produced a version of this pattern. This is illustrated on a basket stand on the same page. There are several minor differences between the two, principally the number of figures on the bridge, and two ladies on the riverbank to the left of the bridge that are in the Riley version and missing here.
At p. 53 in her book "Yorkshire Pots and Potteries", Heather Lawrence states that even the Leeds pottery produced two versions, with four different borders.
Condition: Minute firing flaw common to Staffordshire and rim hairline, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. See photos.