“Winter View of Pittsfield, Mass” Staffordshire Transferware Plate

“Winter View of Pittsfield, Mass” Staffordshire Transferware Plate

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Staffordshire transferware plate by Ralph & James Clews, circa 1825. Also known as “Pittsfield Elm”.

 

Dimensions: Approximately 8½” diameter.

 

Decoration:

The border is decorated with three cartouches containing an image of the Pittsfield First Congregational Church, mirroring the central scene, that are separated by floral sprays.

 

The central scene is of the Pittsfield Massachusetts First Congregational Church, Town Hall, and other prominent buildings, in front of which is the Pittsfield Elm. The tree is situated within a fenced green, and there are a woman and child in the foreground.

 

The reverse bears the printed mark “Winter View of Pittsfield, Mass” and an impressed Clews mark.

The prominent Elm was well known for its size and beauty: the fence erected to protect it was built in 1820. The tree was struck by lightning and torn down in 1861.

 

References:

“Historical Staffordshire An Illustrated Check-List” by David & Linda Arman.

 

“Pictures of Early New York on Dark Blue Staffordshire Pottery”, by Halsey.

 

“Anglo-American China, Part I” by Laidacker.

 

“American Historical Views on Staffordshire China” by Larsen.

 

“Historical Staffordshire: American Patriots and Views” by Snyder.

 

Condition: Minor staining on the reverse; otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.