This attractive 9-3/4" plate was made by John & William Ridgway, Staffordshire c 1820-25, according to Geoffrey Godden, in his "Guide to Ironstone, Stone & Granite Ware". Photos of this pattern are in the book on page 313. The pattern is Ridgway's number 767. It is marked on the back "Japan Opaque China", and in barely legible print, J&WR. The pattern is called "Rock Formation and Flowers".
The plate is in very good condition, with no chips, no cracks, and no repairs. There is overall fine crazing, some utensil marks, and an in-the-making
slight chip on the foot rim which was glazed over at the factory.
Please note: in my opinion, this plate is not ironstone, but pearlware.
To quote the Transferware Collectors Club database: "The Asian-inspired pattern features a prominent jagged rock formation resting on verdant ground. Springing from both the grass and from the rocks are several stems with fanciful stylized flowers, leaves, and buds, often with several different flower varieties on a single stem. In the border, groups of similar fanciful flowers alternate with smaller blooms. Vibrant colors were used to overpaint the transfer design."
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