This gorgeous well and tree turkey platter is in the Palmyra pattern by Sampson Hancock. The registration diamond dates the piece to 1883.
The cream-colored stoneware is background for a brown transferware pattern with heavy gold overlay. The gold leaps out of the design. It features a floral arrangement in a vase in its center on a contrasting background, half a flower pattern and half the natural stoneware. Bands of flowers surround the central design, with a pebble-like patterned band in brown between the two floral bands. The rim of platter has another elaborate brown transferware patterned band which leaves voids in the patterns. creating larger flowers on uniformly spaced vines or ribbons, separated by leaves and pebbles.
Condition issues: No chips, cracks or firing flaws. There is some heavy glazing near the mark on the back (see the closeups). There is also crazing throughout the glazed finish, with light stains on the inside walls. Light rubbing marks on a couple of spots of the back foot edges and the heel of the well.
Age: Registration diamond dates the piece to 1883.
Size: 21 1/2" x 17 1/2", and just over 2" tall, a nice sized platter.
The soft browns and sumptuous gold of this well and tree serving platter would make it a nice centerpiece for your holiday table.
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