Antique Staffordshire platter from the early 1880s and decorated with an aesthetic motif by William Alsager Adderley of Longton. The brown pattern is printed under the glaze and then accented with colors by hand painting also added before glazing. The soft color accents are transparent rather than opaque and produce a pleasing effect similar to watercolors (see all photos). The band of lacy brown ribbon running diagonally across the platter and the many different skewed angles of the 13 small framed vignettes also scatter randomly across it produce a pleasing montage of scenes and subjects. The result makes one think of photographs pinned to poster board until one remembers the time period involved. Photographs were still quite expensive and photographers were primarily concerned with taking studio portraits or when outside documenting expansive landscapes or city views and not snap shots of barns, butterflies, birds and potted plants. Furthermore, the small scenes depicted show no industrial activity, railroad technology, steamboats or other late 1800s technology. Instead, the small scenes depict nature, sail boats, birds, butterflies, some ancient ruins or indigenous pottery, rural structures and a castle. These subjects are modeled after the Japonism movement that swept across Europe and America in the last quarter of the nineteenth century (1870s, 1880s and 1890s) that originally contributed to the Aesthetic movement starting in the late 1860s.
This platter is one of the prettier examples of the Aesthetic movement with Japanesque influences from Staffordshire potters. Even the soft cream-colored ceramic body blends well the subject matter. At the time this platter was produced, bluish tinted white ironstone and pure white whitewares were also being used for aesthetic patterns. The soft cream-colored clay provides a perfect background for the naturalistic themes and enriches and sharpens the brown printing. The simple primary and secondary colors also further reinforce these themes. Besides red, yellow and blue, there are three shades of green and a soft purple or violet. And these colors add life and vitality to the flowers and floral sprigs that border each small vignette. However, none of the framed scenes are colored by hand and this difference adds contrast and appeal.
Finally, this platter has several marks on its back side. There is a decorator's number hand painted in light blue (looks like 3 / 1322/ A ), an impressed WAA over a illegible word, an impressed `14' and a mark printed in brown. The printed mark includes the pattern name`Alton' and W.A.A., as well the British Registration number 153 which indicates that Adderley officially filed with the British Patent Office to protect his printed pattern from being copied by other potteries during the first three years it was produced. Registration number 153 is a very low number and tell us that Adderley's patent protection was granted in January 1884 (see Geoffrey Godden's Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks 1964: pp 526-27). The British Patent Office had just switch to a numbering system starting in January, 1884, and Registration Number 19,754 was reached by January, 1885 (ibid. pg527). As an side, this is the lowest British registration number article I have encountered so far to date. These Registration numbers reached 2,080,158 by January, 1999.
This is a wonderful and very appealing aesthetic platter that is neither too large nor too small at 16 1/2 inches long. If you collect aesthetic wares, late 1800s pottery or enjoy patterns that seem both timeless and cheerful, then do make sure you seriously consider this example while it is still available. And as always, this platter also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy for a refund (see full Return Policy details farther below).
SIZE: This platter measures 16.5 inches long by 13 1/8 inches wide and stands about 1 1/2 inches tall along its rim edge. The platter rests on a flat base that measures 11 1/4 by 8 1/4 inches (see photos). The platter weighs almost 4 lbs and when double pack and boxed for shipping, the final weight will be about 7 to 9 lbs..
CONDITION: This platter is in very good condition with no major defects and no chips, no hairlines, no major stains, no major scratches or utensil marks, and no repairs or restorations. The glaze is shiny and the hand painted colors or bright and clean. The only differences one can find that distinguish this platter as over 120 years old are some fine crazing to the glaze with very light staining in couple of areas and about 20% loss to some of the gold banding placed along the vertical rim edge that is not noticeable unless viewed from the side (see all photos). A better example of a tastefully decorated aesthetic platter in polychrome would be hard to find today without paying a lot mere than what is offered here. And of course, if the buyer is not 100% satisfied, then she/he may return this platter for a refund (see our refund policy noted below for full details).
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