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“Weeping Willow Border” Transferware Plate

“Weeping Willow Border” Transferware Plate


Staffordshire transferware plate by Clews, circa 1820.


Dimensions: Approximately 7⅞” in diameter.



The border consists of numerous types of foliage predominated by willow trees that fall over the border edge and into the central scene from the upper left.


The central scene consists of three individuals in the forefront, one of whom is smoking a pipe. Behind them is a lake or river on which a boat is sailing, and behind that is a pagoda. All the elements in the pattern, though not directly copied from the book, appear to be inspired by the prints of China by William Alexander in Staunton 1797.


The reverse has an impressed mark and what appears to be a workman’s mark.


This pattern by Clews is not specifically identified in the literature, but the Transferware Collectors Club has denominated it “Weeping Willow Border”. There are many versions, and the Club denominated this one #14.


Both patterns are similar to Stevenson’s “Palestine” series.


The pattern is generally discussed in “CHINOISERIE, Printed British Ceramics in the Chinese Style 1750 - 1900” by Halliday and Zeller at pages 41 and 72.


Condition: In excellent condition consistent with age and usage. Please examine the photos; they are part of the description.

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