Antique Purple Staffordshire Transfer Ware Ironstone 10 1/2" Soup Bowl Mogul Pattern T. Mayer
Description: An antique purple transfer ware or transferware soup bowl made by Thomas Mayer of Stoke Upon Trent in Staffordshire England. The bowl is in the rare Mogul Pattern. The plate has a central scene with an elephant having a rider sitting under an umbrella and a handler. There is a man on horseback next to the elephant and another man standing in front of it and pointing at it. There is a large building in the distance having domes and minarets. There is what looks like a river and someone riding an animal along the river. There is trees, palms, and flowers surrounding the scene. The bowl has a scalloped rim with a curved edge decorated with vignettes having repeating design of two groups of flowers alternating and surrounded by garlands as well as an elaborate floral and foliate design. The piece has the Thomas Mayer logo of 1826-1835 on the back. Please view photos as they are part and parcel of our description.
Origin: Stoke-Upon-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Size: 10 1/2" in diameter and 1 1/2" high.
Maker: Thomas Mayer.
Marks: Marked with the Thomas Mayer Mark of Dog or Lion Passant with its tail up and its right foreleg up, It is also marked as being Mogul Scenery within a foliate frame and having the words T. Mayer Stoke Upon Trent under it all. It also has the words T. MAYER STOKE impressed on the base.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice antique Bowl having a rare and very desirable patterns made in Staffordshire England.
Condition: Bowl is in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, or repairs. It doe have a small old chip on the foot on the bottom (see last photo). The bowl also has crazing throughout. It is clean and has very vivid colors and the scene is sharp. It does have the normal defects you would expect of an old Staffordshire transferware plate such as spots where the transfer is missing (especially near the edge), spots where the glaze did not flow fully and marks of the prongs that were used to support the glazed bowl in the kiln during firing. Be that as it may, the bowl is solid with nice colors and in great shape after being around for over 175 years. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this piece.
In Closing: Just a very nice piece, which would make a great addition to your collection of Staffordshire pottery.