"After Lorraine" Staffordshire Transferware Platter
Staffordshire blue Leeds Pottery transferware well & tree meat platter, 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 stylized 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.
There is an impressed “Leeds Pottery” Mark on the reverse.
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.
Please be aware that this is a heavy item for shipping.
Condition: While the platter displays well, under black light there is evidence of old restorations. There also is a glaze flaw, modest staining, and a hairline on the rim.