John Davenport, born in 1765, is said to have begun potting in 1785, first as a workman, and later as a partner with Thomas Wolfe of Stoke. He acquired his own pottery at Longport for the manufacture of earthenware in 1794. In 1830 he retired, and his two sons Henry and William carried on the firm until 1835, when Henry died. The firm then became William Davenport and Company. William died in 1869, and his two sons took over the business, which remained in the family until 1887.
This wonderful ironstone rimmed soup plate in mulberry transfer-ware, circa 1820-1850, is the "Lily" pattern. The color varies from darker to lighter shades. The central motif is a huge lily blossom and leaves nestled among an array of other floral and grasses. The wide rim is decorated with additional blossoms, leaves and scroll designs. The soup plate measures 10 1/2" across and 1 5/8" in depth. It is stamped "Lily - Davenport" within a scroll cartouche and impressed with the "Anchor" and "Davenport" in uppercase letters used after 1805. There are no cracks, chips or repairs; near mint. Beautiful early 19th century ironstone transfer-ware.
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