Aesthetic Transferware Polychrome "Flower Vase" Small Platter by Bates and Walker, Late Mayers Potteries Staffordshire England, Circa 1876
Description: Aesthetic Transferware Polychrome small platter showing a beautiful floral and foliate colorful pattern with gold colored trim .The platter is not completely round, but rather oval with what we see as side handles having a gold covered raised design. The platter is also decorated with Chinese architectural elements within the floral design as well as mountains, but these are well hidden. Just a very colorful and beautiful small platter. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information: The pattern is "Flower Vase" by Bates and Walker, Late Mayers Potteries - Staffordshire England. This is a wonderful example of English Victorian Aesthetic transfer ware or transferware, with strong Oriental influences. The transfer is heavy on cobalt blue colors on a white background and has gold luster and floral motifs hand painted in rich shades of blue, orange, golden yellow and pink. The pattern displays the Victorian eras love of nature. The center medallion shows a large vase on a bridge, surrounded by many flowers. The inner rim is an assortment of additional flowers, different from those in the center.
Date: Circa 1876.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA. Platter was made in Staffordshire, England.
Size: The plate Measures ~10 1/4" by ~9 3/8" and is ~1 3/8" high. The platter weighs about 1 pound and 4 ounces.
Maker: Bates Walker and Copmpany.
Marks: Marked on the back in blue under glaze with the Bates Walker and Company mark consisting of a circle with a nude figure kneeling and holding a ewer, on a tablet with the date 1790. The circle has the words Flower Vase B.W & Co. along the edge with the words Late Mayers below it. It also has the numbers "5/81" impressed on the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Just a very nice piece of old Staffordshire tarnsferware that is in great condition after being around for almost 150 years. A truly nice piece of English Staffordshire transfer ware to add to your collection.
Condition: The platter is in very good condition; there are small areas of losses to the yellow gold trim along the edge of the rim and throughout the design. There are a few utensil marks and minor scratches to the surface, but these are hard to see. The piece also has general fine crazing to the glaze throughout. Finally as is the case with Staffordshire pottery of this era, the plate has a few of the usual manufacturing defects you would expect such as pops, slubs, and badly glazed spots. This plate has a minimum of such issues. Be that as it may, this is just a beautiful and very colorful plate. Please see photos for additional condition information. Note the late stand is not part of the sale but used to take photos.
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