Another beautiful flow blue pattern from Johnson Brothers, here is St. Louis in a rimmed soup bowl! Flowering branches of deep cobalt blue drip from the scalloped edge and spill over the white inner rim onto the sides of each bowl. The blue of the rim flows inward about 1-3/8 inches from the embossed beaded and scalloped edges. The large branches are repeated in three places around the wide rim, with smaller sprigs of dripping flowers like wisteria placed between.
Each bowl measures 10-1/8 inches in diameter and 1-3/4 inches high at the 2-inch wide rim. The center portion of the bowl is 6-inches in diameter.
Each is stamped with the Blue Crown mark with the pattern name ”St Louis” above and "Johnson Bros England" below. This mark was used by Johnson Brothers from about 1913 onward.
Flow Blue of this age is nearly always damaged, but there are no chips or cracks on either bowl. There is non-discolored crazing. One bowl has a 1/2-inch flattened rough spot along the scalloped edge that is easier felt than seen and appears to be under the glaze. It may be that it was knocked into something many years ago, perhaps even before the glaze was applied. This bowl also has a tiny occlusion like a grain of sand under the glaze in the bottom of the bowl. The other bowl has a pinpoint-sized pit along the inner rim. There are no chips or cracks in either bowl. Both have the residue of an old sticker on the back.
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