Antique Dark Purple or Black Staffordshire Transfer Ware Ironstone Handless Cup & Saucer Washington Vase by Podmore Walker & Co
Description: An antique dark purple or purplish black transfer ware or transferware handless cup and saucer in the Washington Vase pattern. The cup and saucer have the typical Washington Vase central scene consisting of a large urn under trees with a smaller urn to its right, both at the edge of a lake with large castles or buildings across the water and large mountains in the horizon all framed with tree leaves. The cup has a 12 panel side with a flared rim and a 12 panel foot. The saucer is round and fairly deep with a round foot. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of our description.
Additional Information About The Potter: Podmore Walker & Co was established as G. Podmore, Walker & Co. and took over the Unicorn Pottery and Pinnox Works in Tunstall in 1834. Sometime later they occupied Swan Bank Pottery, vacated by Ralph Hall in 1849. They are listed by Ward in 1843 as having two factories, Newfield and Tunstall. The initials P. W. & Co. appear on several printed marks prior to 1856. In 1859 the firm became Wedgwood & Co. when Enoch Wedgwood succeeded the older partnership. Enoch Wedgwood had been a partner in the original firm from about 1856, and that during the period circa 1856 to 1859 the initials P. W. & W. was used as the mark.
Origin: Tunstall, Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, England.
Size: The cup measures ~3 3/4" in diameter at the to and is ~3 1/8" high while the saucer is ~6" in diameter and ~1 1/8" high. The set about 13.5 ounces.
Maker: Podmore Walker & Co.
Marks: Has the Podmore Walker & Co mark on the back of the saucer consisting of an oval shape with the words "Washington Vase" in the center and the words Pearl Stone Ware along the edge of the oval. There is a banner under the oval with the letters PW&Co. inside it.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice antique cup and saucer having one of the most desirable patterns made by one of the best potters and precursor to the Wedgwood Pottery of Staffordshire England. This beautiful antique would make a great addition to your collection.
Condition: Cup and saucer are in very good condition given that they are over 170 years old. The set has no cracks, hairlines, chips, stains, or repairs. Both pieces have general crazing throughout. The pieces also have some of the typical manufacturing defects you would expect in an old piece of Staffordshire pottery such as pops, slubs, areas where the glaze did not fully flow, and overlap of the transfer image. This set has very few of those. The only two issues we see are prong marks inside the saucer which were left when the stand on which other items being fired with the saucer were removed and these are original to the making and some flaking of the glaze along the edge of the rim of the cup which is difficult to see (see the last photo). Be that as it may, this is a beautiful set in very good condition and would display nicely in your collection. Please for additional condition information.