Three 19th C. Transferware “Mandarin Opaque” Pattern Platters
Three blue and white transferware platters in “Mandarin Opaque China” pattern. The maker is unknown. C. 1830.
Dimensions: Approximately 15” x 11¼”; 13” x 9¾”; and 10¾” x 8”.
Each border is edged with a narrow band of consisting of zig-zags, shells, and leaves. This surrounds a pattern composed a bird, a tree, an urn, and flowers all of which blend into the central scene and appear to be part of it.
Small Platter: Pattern Variation #14
The central scene consists of two figures, a man possibly in mandarin attire with a bow accompanied by a youth carrying a parasol.
The reverse has the words “Mandarin Opaque China” in a printed cartouche and the impressed number 10. This may refer to size.There are a pair of what appear to be printed collection marks “476”.
Medium Platter: Pattern Variation #9
The central scene consists of two figures, one possibly in mandarin attire and the other possibly a peasnat holding a basket and a tray of fruit.
The reverse is unmarked except for the impressed number 12. This may refer to size.
Large Platter: Pattern Variation #5
The central scene consists of standing man and woman and a seated man with a dog. There is a lantern in the immediate background and a river scene behind.
The reverse has the words “Mandarin Opaque China” in a printed cartouche and the impressed number 14. This may refer to size. There is what appears to be a printed collection mark “732”.
Condition: Largest platter has small fine hairline at the lower left border. Otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.
In Volume I of their work at p. 235, Coyish and Hayward suggest that these designs appear to be part of a multi-pattern service and note that one example has been found with the impressed mark “Improved Stone China”, suggesting Minton as the maker.
To date, 14 design variants have been found according to Coyish and Hayward in Vol. II of their work at p. 130. However, the Transferware Collectors Club data base shows 18.
Some of the central designs of the series appear to be derived from Pinkerton’s “A General Collection of the Best and Most Interesting Voyages and Travels in All Parts of the World”. Published between 1808 and 1814.
“The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I” by Coysh and Henrywood.
“The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. II” by Coysh and Henrywood.
“CHINOISERIE, Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750 - 1900” by Halliday and Zeller.