Antique Blue Staffordshire Transfer Ware Ironstone Covered Vegetable Dish Florence Pattern William Adams & Sons
Description: An antique blue and white transfer ware or transferware covered vegetable dish in the Florence pattern. Both the dish and cover are octagonal in shape. The cover of vegetable dish has a central finial and is decorated with the same scene on two sides of the finial. The scene is of a waterway having a boat with a castle in the background and a house with trees. There are clouds in the sky above. There are people on shore and on the boat. The plate, which has a pedestal type base, is also decorated on the side with the similar scenes as the cover; Two sides have a similar scene, , while the other two have the scene without the boat. The inside of the bowl is also decorated with the same scene in its center. The rim of the cover and the plate and edges of the base have a foliate type decoration again in blue transfer having what looks like berries in a repeating fashion. Please view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Date: Early to mid-1800's.
Origin: Tunstall & Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England
Size: The bowl measures 10" by 10" and is ~7" high with the lid on. The base measures 5 7/8" by 5 7/8"
Maker: William Adams & Sons.
Marks: Marked with an impressed semi-circle saying W. Adams & Sons as well an under-glaze mark saying W. Adams & Sons with the word Florence in an oval surrounded by floral design.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice antique covered vegetable bowl having a very desirable patterns made in Staffordshire England. This one is over 150 years old and still has its vivid colors and the lid in intact and looks as good as the day it was made.
Condition: Plate is in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, or repairs. It does have a few minor crazing marks. It also has some minor soiling and staining at the edges as well a spot or two where the glaze did not fully flow, which we have attempted to photograph (see the last two photos). It also has some soiling and stains on the base of the plate at the foot. Be that as it may, the plate is solid with nice colors and in great shape after being around for over 150 years. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this piece.
In Closing: Just a very nice piece made by a master potter from Stoke-on-Trent, which would make a great addition to your collection of Staffordshire pottery.