Beautiful antique platter or large charger from Royal Doulton, technically Doulton Bursley, with a lovely transfer ware and hand painted hunting related scene of a beagle or hunting dog and rabbit. The deep elaborate border is a lovely pale green with pale yellow flowers over white china with the center hunting motif. On the back is the Royal Doulton underglaze mark in blue; dating this to circa 1901 - 1922, we think this piece near the earlier of this period; plus the incised mark for Doulton Bursley and a number above that incises that is very hard to make out, starting we think with a 1. The time period is further established with the numbers D1319 which identifies the time and the earthenware category. We find no artist signature. This platter measures 14 & 1/2 across and has a shallow bowl shape with the height being 1 & 1/4". It is in good condition, we see a line about 2 inches long that one can feel with the finger, but not a true crack; possibly a hairline on the surface only or a scratch from prior use given the age. We have not been able to find a pattern name for this at all after days of searching. The workmanship of the painting in the center and the style and motif are very similar to the hunting series in the style of Morland, which was done during this same time period. This also may be a piece that was commissioned: this came to us through another dealer who purchased it from a woman who inherited it from her mother. Her mom had done some type of work or favor for the wife of a Governor of Tennessee, and this platter plus a group of matching plates were given to her in exchange. We have been unable to find any other items with this same pattern number, but did notice the similarity in style and time period as before mentioned. The borders are transfer but may have some hand painting under the glaze.We believe the center to be at least transfer outlines with hand painting and may be totally hand painted. This platter could of course be used on the dining table, and when not in use properly presented for display on an easel or plate stand. We have the matching pattern # dinner plates also listed in our shop with two bunnies in the woods but no dog. What we know for sure is marks are authentic, time period well established by both markings. Lovely and potentially rare or unique piece.
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