Brownfield were manufacturers of earthenware and porcelain (porcelain introduced in 1871) at Cobridge, Stoke-on-Trent. They were a very successful manufacturer, employing 500 people. From 1836 William Brownfield worked the Cobridge Works with other potters, then on his own from 1850 until 1871 when he was joined by his eldest son William Etches Brownfield. William Brownfield (the founder of the company) died in 1873 - the name Brownfield & Son/s was continued. About 1876 one of other sons joined the business. In 1892, the Brownfield's Guild Pottery Society was formed to continue the former William Brownfield's concern.
This wonderful shallow bowl/tray in purple transferwqre is decorated with the "Madras" pattern, circa 1850-1870. The Oriental inspired design consists of a central scenic garden motif of pagodas, trees, flowers and people. The wide border repeats the theme of flowers, foliage and Chinese architecture and geometric design edge. The piece measures 10 1/2" in length across the formed handles, 9 3/4" in width and 1 1/4"in depth. Stamped with a printed pagoda mark, "Madras" & "W B". It is also impressed "Brownfield". From 1871 the printed mark would have included "& Son" and after 1876 "& Sons". There are no cracks, chips or repairs; spot of minor glaze flake along rim (see photo) and very light crazing.
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