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Pair of Transferware Platters - “Bridgeless Chinoiserie”

Pair of Transferware Platters - “Bridgeless Chinoiserie”


Staffordshire transferware platters likely by Davenport, circa 1805. The pattern is also known as “Hermit”.


Dimensions: Each approximately 20” x 14”.



The border is decorated with a butterfly and diaper pattern with Chinese scrolls.


The center is decorated with a scene of temples separated by a lake or river. On one side is a decorative fence, on the water are boats, and in the background is an island.


The reverse is unmarked.


Many makers used this pattern, each having their own minor variations.


In an exhaustive study of the pattern by Wolf and Davenport, “Ubiquitous But Largely Anonymous Bridgeless Willow”, Northern Ceramic Society Newsletter” No. 121, pp. 25 – 40 (March 2001), the authors identify a number of characteristics unique to Davenport’s version. Each of those characteristics is present on these platters.


Other References:

“CHINOISERIE, Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750 - 1900” by Halliday and Zeller.


Condition: One platter has utensil marks on the surface, the other has minor edge roughness; otherwise, both are in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.

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