The fascination of the Orient and its exotic nature swept England in the 18th and 19th century. Many English pottery companies, appealing to the public appetite for chinoiserie decorated ware, designed elaborate scenes featuring the birds and landscapes of that faraway land. This lovely plate has a wide diaper pattern border with floral reserves featuring yellow and red roses. In the center is a pair of cranes with flowering bushes in the background. The plate is in excellent condition and is approx. 8" wide with a scalloped and slightly upturned border. This is a transfer pattern and there is some crazing of the glaze. The back displays a blue underglaze mark with a a crown poised over a lion and a ribbon underneath with Burslem, England. There are green numbers for the pattern mark to one side. over the crown is the word Yang-Tse which may be the pattern name. The pottery company name is displayed in the ribbon but impossible to read.
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