This beautifully decorated early 19th century Staffordshire oval bowl features an ornate transfer printed chinoiserie pattern painted with colorful enamels and shiny gilt accents. The pattern - known as Magnolia - includes a flowering magnolia bush with a large blossom at the center. The detailed flower has pink petals edged in green along with yellow and peach petals at the center. Large sections of the rim are finished in red with floral cartouches, orchids and other flowers. The four cardinal points bear cobalt blue decorative elements with peach colored flowers at the center. Both the red and blue areas have curvilinear foliate accents executed in gilt.
The bowl has been very well taken care of and is in very good antique condition with no repairs. The decoration is bright and shows little to no sign of wear. It should be mentioned that there are some irregularities present related to production including a stable tight firing hairline at the rim, a chip under the glaze at the rim, minor discoloration under the glaze on the back and a small bump under the glaze which is best seen in photo 7, all of which are mentioned for accuracy. There are also felt pieces on the underside applied by a former owner in order to protect the surface on which the bowl is displayed. The piece stands 1.75" tall and measures 9.125" by 7". The bowl weighs in at 1lb 5oz.
This lovely Staffordshire bowl would be a wonderful addition to a collection of antique English printed and painted transferware or works equally well showcased on its own. A gorgeous and unusual antique find!
Antique Early 19th Century English Staffordshire Magnolia Pattern Ironstone Bowl