This large 9 1/4" bowl may have originally been a soup bowl or soup plate but can also be used as a serving bowl The center design of sailing ships and a windmill, on the flow blue with gilded rim, is found on the La Francaise China produced in Sebring, Ohio. This design was used in their Pilgrim's Landing series perhaps depicting some of the Pilgrim Fathers as they left the Netherlands behind. The same Delft like scene can be found on Limoges Flow Blue and other makers of semi-vitreous china of the same time period ( around 1905-1915).
A shiny gold garland swag trims the scalloped and embossed flow blue edge of this bowl. In Excellent Condition, there are no nicks, chips or cracks found. The center design and the gilt trim are nearly 100% intact. There is fine crazing without staining. The only maker's mark is a gold 7 - D on the underside. According to the book "Decorative American Pottery and Whiteware" by Jeanie Wilby, (page 173) this particular bowl was manufactured by the Ohio China Company in the early 1900's
The beauty of Flow Blue dinnerware is often associated with European made dishes. The serene and relaxing blue and white color scheme of pottery and china will always be classic whether manufactured in the USA, England, or other countries.
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