This rare, hard-to-find flow blue pattern called Cleopatra by Francis Morley. The gorgeous flow blue polychrome pattern features a central scene of flowers and building ruins, a heavy border pattern of alternating floral and fruit cartouches and liberal gold accents on both. The polychrome colors are an iridescent mint green, a pale yellow and burnt red fading to peach in some places.
The Cleopatra symbol is one of the prettier name marks I've seen and is a bold contrast to the rather humble F MORLEY & CO impression stamp of the maker.
Maker: Francis Morley
Size: 11 5/8" in diameter x 2 5/8" tall. The foot is 8" across.
Condition issues: Several. Some staining and crazing. It was broken once and unprofessionally repaired and the exposed white of a chip on the front was colored to blend with the pattern. Unbroken, this piece would be worth about 5-6 times its selling price and is worth having professionally repaired. The glue used is clear, but the breaks were not blended into the piece. It is usable as is with something under your food or as a decor piece--the breaks don't show from the front as much as from the back.
This pretty piece would make a nice addition to your collection.
Note: This is one piece in a partial dinner service I will be listing as I inventory, clean and sort the rest of the pieces. If you are interested in owning a piece in this pattern, please email me. There are 10 usable plates in each of three sizes. There are also three perfect small platters, one large turkey platter and one sauce tureen with a lid.