“Persian Tapestry” 19th C. Staffordshire Transferware Bowl
Staffordshire transferware bowl, circa 1898. Alternatively, the pattern has been referred to as “Persian Lion”.
Dimensions: Approximately 8⅜” diameter.
The interior of the bowl is decorated with floral sprays, scrolls, arcs, and cloud collars.
The Persian crest of the lion and sun with Arabic script is in the center.
The exterior of the bowl has a border of the same design.
The base bears a similar printed lion and sun crest in blue and a printed “Made in England” in black.
The bowl does not bear a maker’s mark. Bowls of this design have been attributed to Walter & Carter of Stoke-on-Trent, to John Carr & Son of North Shields Pottery, Northumberland, and to the British Anchor Pottery, among others. Most sources state that production of this design ceased shortly after 1900.
Coyish and Henrywood list this pattern as “Persian Lion” in their “The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880” Vol. I. There they state that the design was created when Queen Victoria entertained the Shah in 1873. However, Jaap Otte and Willem Floor point to an earlier date of 1864 in their article “English Ceramics In Iran 1810 - 1910”.
Because the printed mark “Made in England” on the base didn’t come into use until approximately 1900, this example would have been made at the end of its production life and during the reign of Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar.
Coyish and Henrywood, “The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880”, Vol. I.
Floor and Otte, “European Ceramics In Iran In The 19th And Early 20th Centuries”, American Ceramic Circle Journal XX, p. 117.
Floor and Otte, “English Ceramics In Iran 1810 - 1910”, Northern Ceramic Society Journal 36, p. 91.
Condition: Staining on the reverse, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.