Antique Dark Purple Staffordshire Transfer Ware Ironstone 14" Large Platter Washington Vase by Podmore Walker & Co
Description: An antique dark purple or purplish black transfer ware or transferware large serving platter in the Washington Vase pattern. The platter has 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 platter has a straight rim with canted corners decorated with vignettes having basically the same scene shown in the center and surrounded by an elaborate floral and foliate design. Please carefully view photos 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 and Weight: Measures ~13 7/8" by ~10 5/8" and ~1 3/8" high. The platter weighs 2 pound and 10.5 ounces.
Maker: Podmore Walker & Co.
Marks: Has the Podmore Walker & Co mark on the back 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. There is also a light blue rectangular mark, which we are unable to make out but we show in the last photo.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice antique platter 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: Platter is in excellent condition. Given that this plate is over 170 years old we have never seen such a great example in such a condition. The platter has no cracks, hairlines, chips, stains, or repairs. The platter has general crazing throughout. The piece also has a few minor utensil marks and some of the typical manufacturing defects you would expect in an old piece of Staffordshire pottery. However, it is great looking and of the highest quality. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this piece.