John Wedge Wood, Manufacturer of earthenware at Burslem (1841-1844) and Tunstall (1845-1860). John Wedge Wood died in 1857 and his youngest brother Edward Thomas Wood continued the pottery until 1876. The marks for this firm have often been mistaken for the more famous Josiah Wedgwood. Josiah Wedgwood never used the initial "J" in their marks.
This wonderful ironstone blue transfer platter, circa 1848, is the "Columbia" pattern, a beautiful country scene of a formal garden, balustrade, urn and people in the foreground, overlooking a stream, trees, castle, mountains and rays of sun filling the sky in the distance. The eight-sided platter has a wide border consisting of six scenic cartouches separated by delicate floral displays. The platter measures 10" in length and 7" in width. Stamped with the garter mark "Ironstone - Columbia - J. Wedgwood" and British Registry mark indicating "1848". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; several minor stains on the bottom. Scarce maker and great pattern.