Burgess & Leigh (Ltd), Hill Pottery, circa 1867-1889, Staffordshire, England. The Aesthetic movement of the Victorian Era from 1870-1890 definitely reflected the Japanese influence of the period. This wonderful set of brown transfer-ware soup bowls, in the Rustic pattern, circa 1886, have a central motif of a country estate in the distance, framed by a portion of the formal garden wall, large floral-filled urn and climbing vines. The wide rim is decorated on both sides with branches of apple blossoms, while along the bottom are leafy branches laden with apples. A single solitary swallow flies along toward the top of the bowl.
The soup bowls measure 9" across and 1 1/4" in depth. Each are stamped with the beehive mark and "Hill Pottery - Rustic - B & L - Rd No 56790". Two of the bowls have no cracks, chips, stains or repairs; one bowl has two small glaze flakes along the top edge.