An absolutely gorgeous deep, open serving bowl by J Kent (of Longton) with a heavy, flowing, flow blue scenic pattern. The scene appears Venetian/Italian, with several tall, turreted buildings surround by water, with two men in a gondola floating through the central waterway. The heavy blue flows in waves down the back of the bowl. It has a high-shine glaze finish and a beaded embossing around the rim. The embossing forms a pattern of alternating crescents with scrolling flourishes at their corners and open petal rose-like flowers (reminds me of a Tudor rose). The porcelain has a thin, delicate feel.
The plate is clearly signed J Kent, semi-porcelain England, but with no pattern name like other Kent pieces. It does have a green, stamped registration mark that is a bit light, but begins with a 4 and ends with two zeros, which puts it somewhere between 1904 and 1907.
The bowl is app 10.5" in diameter and app 4" tall (a deep bowl).
Condition issues: There is form-stilt mark on the back, three stilt marks inside the bowl and a few utensil marks. A hairline fracture is on the back of the rim edge, but it does not go all the way through.
This is a scene-stealing bowl that stands out from other flow blue pieces when grouped together. It would make a beautiful addition to your collection or table service.
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