Here for your consideration is a Burgess & Leigh, Hill Pottery brown transferware "Rustic" luncheon plate, c. 1867. This is a great example of the Victorian era 'Aesthetic Movement' [1870-1890] in how it influenced form, style, shape and artistic expression in pottery, furniture and art during that time period. The "Rustic" pattern has a Japanese style motif of a bird flying over a romanticized garden with prunus blossoms and cherries growing to frame the central theme of a arch entryway that leads to a steepled chapel off in the distance on an unpaved road, along with its branches sweeping the wall in the foreground holding a vase filled with prunus blossoms and leaves. Both the wall and vase are decorated with a geometric and floral trellis design.
It is marked with the 'HILL POTTERY' beehive mark, 'RUSTIC' [typed inside a banner], B & L, Rd No 56790 [within a rectangular banner, along with a 'c (.)' offset to the the side of the mark [stamped in brown ink under glaze]; B & L, 87 [incised under glaze]. There appears to be two or more numbers just above the incised marks, but illegible for me to read. The plate is in good condition with no cracks, chips, crazing or repairs. There are utensil marks, a black scuff [back of plate], several pencil point stains [two on the front and one on the back of the plate,not distracting, but have to mention]. SEE PHOTOS FOR DETAILS. Please feel free to ask questions about this item.
MEASUREMENT: 9 3/4" D.
Note: Burgess & Leigh company produced utilitarian and decorative earthenwares at the Hill Pottery [c. 1867-1889] and the Middleport Pottery [from c. 1889].
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