“Oriental Fantasy Scene” Transferware Plate
Staffordshire transferware plate, circa 1835.
Dimensions: Approximately 7½” diameter.
The double border consists of a wide outer floral pattern and a second stylized scroll inner border that frames an imaginary oriental scene.
The center is decorated with a European couple sitting on a bench in front of a river, across which are very elaborate pagoda-like structures, and on which is a boat. In the background there is a bridge with two people and mountains.
The reverse is unmarked.
This plate is illustrated in the Transferware Collectors Club Database under the title “Oriental Fantasy Scenes #9”.
An example with this border and central Chinoiserie imagery has been found with an impressed propeller mark associated with Joseph Heath & Co. of Newfield Pottery, Tunstall, 1828 - 1841, as well as Thomas Ingleby & Co. of Tunstall, 1834 - 1835. It is illustrated at page 409 in the Williams and Weber book referenced below.
The very dark color of all the patterns indicates that the series was perhaps made for export to North America.
“Staffordshire II, Romantic Transfer Patterns Cup Plates and Early Victorian China” by Williams and Weber.
TCC Database pattern #17112, Oriental Fantasy Scenes #09
Condition: Inpainting on the rim; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.