Antique spatterware plate from about the time when this new style was first gaining popularity in the early 1800s. The spattered effect was actually applied by carefully using a sponge and if you look closely at some photos of this plate, your eye may capture the faint repetition that a sponged design retains. The last photo shows this plate surrounded by four other spatterware cups and saucers for comparison only (these cups and saucers are not for sale here, you are only purchasing the plate). The English factory that produced this plate is not known and there are no makers marks or potters marks on the back of this plate. This is very common among early spatterwares since these wares were originally made for the less affluent classes. Some possible factories that produced pearlware spatterwares include the firms of Adams, Davenport, Ralph Hall, Wood, Rogers, as well as many other Staffordshire, Leeds, Swansea and Yorkshire potteries.
It is also interesting to mention that contrary to certain tales and urban myths, the spatter effects on this plate were achieved by using a sponge and not by flicking a brush or blowing paint through a straw. And so, this plate is a good example of the dabbing method where a textured sponge or piece of material was used. In fact, sponge dabbing to apply small areas of spatter goes at least as a far back as the late 17th century. Some examples of English and European delftware used sponged manganese purple and other colors to create tree designs. It required skill to apply the spatter effect evenly and the plate listed here is superb example since the dots look both uniform and random. Any overlapping of the sponging would have left denser areas while gaps would be apparent if the sponge dabbing did not meet correctly. Instead the spattered design on this plate is both uniform and yet unique enough to appear visually interesting rather than mechanical and repetitive.
By the early 1840s, cut sponge designs and motifs replaced the older dabbed spatter patterns at about the same time that thicker ironstone bodied wares replaced the older and thinner pearlwares and transitional whitewares. The plate offered here is made on the older and thinner pearlware blanks that generally disappeared by 1835. Finally, the muddy olive-green on this plate comes from the older Pratt palette genre and combines with the cobalt blue to create the effect of a grayish black within the sponged motif. And so if you collect spongeware and spatterware, then you may certainly want to acquire this plate since it will certainly capture attention in most any setting. The colors on the plate will blend nicely with most accoutrements whether it is hung on a wall or stood along shelf or mantle. And as always, this plate also comes with my full satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy as explained below.
SIZE: This plate measures 8 1/4 inches across and stands just a tad over 1 inch tall. It also has a double foot rim that has a diameter of 4 1/2 inches (inner-most foot rim size).
CONDITION: This plate is in very good condition with NO chips, NO cracks, NO stains, NO repairs and NO restorations. The plate has some wear on the inside from use but this wear is not evident unless viewed under reflected light up close. There is a 2.5 inch long glaze fissure or surface hairline that does not protrude through the body to the front of the plate. A pencil points to the fissure on the back of the plate and the second to the last photo provides a close-up view. Beyond these very minor declarations, the plate is in good condition and has no rim or foot ring chips. In fact, it is a nice example of very well executed spatter decoration from the beginning of the popularity of this decorative technique from the second quarter of the 19th century.
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Item ID: RL374.a468
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