Beautifully shaped early 1800s green glazed creamware plate with fine interior details of overlapping leaves (see Photos). This plate was produced between 1806 and 1825 under the Brameld brothers operation at the Rockingham Works near Swinton, in South Yorkshire (hence the c1815 mid date). It is an early example of the leaf design where the outer rim edge is lobed and serrated. The emerald green glaze covers a cream colored body and projects a visually appealing hue unlike the bluish green shades of later majolica leaf plates produced after 1840 (see last photo for a post 1840 majolica style cabbage leaf plate). As such, the plate listed here is some 30 to 45 years older than the heavier and more thickly potted green majolica plates of the mid 1800s. Instead, this plate is thinly potted and its raised interior leaf details more pronounced and then further accented where the glaze is thinner and the creamware body becomes more evident (see all Photos).
This plate exhibits other differences that also relate to its earlier period of production. For example, it has a cut foot rim rather than a broad foot ring, and this feature further distinguishes it from the popular rounded rim majolica leaf plates of the 1850s and 1860s. Also, there are three different species among the four overlapping leaves that are depicted resting upside down. Finally, the irregularly lobed and serrated outer edge of the plate adds further to it visual attractiveness and distinctiveness since most 19th century leaf plates are round with the leaf designs contained well within their outer circumference (see last Photo for a post 1840 example). The major exceptions are pickle and relish dishes that are entirely leaf shaped and therefore lack the marly (outer brim section) that is so well defined on the plate listed here.
Green glazed earthenware has been popular among western European cultures since the middle ages. Molded Staffordshire cream colored wares were decorated entirely with green glazes in the 1750s however it was difficult to coat the vessel evenly and achieve a uniformly firing green appearance until Josiah Wedgwood developed a special green glaze formula in 1759. Green glazed tablewares and teawares were popular in creamware in the 1760s and 1770s and then off and on again every so often for the next few decades but in limited availability until majolica wares became fashionable after 1850.
This plate is a wonderful example of Rockingham pottery produced with the impressed Brameld mark used from about 1806 to about 1826 on creamware. The mark also includes an impressed crescent workman’s mark or Lot mark (see Photo 5 for close-up). The plate shown in the last Photo is not from Swinton, is not marked and is not for sale here, but instead is shown only for making comparisons. The Brameld plate listed may be just one of four major green glazed plate forms produced at the Rockingham Works between 1800 and 1830 (see Heather Lawrence’s Yorkshire Pots and Potteries 1974: page 81 to 94; see also Griselda Lewis ‘A Collector’s History of English Pottery’ published by the Antique Collectors’ Club in 1987, reprinted 199, see p 110).
In 1825, the Brameld brothers pottery became insolvent, but was restarted again in 1826 with the assistance of funding from Earl Fitzwilliam of the Rockingham estate. Thereafter, most marks applied to the wares included a Griffin taken from the Earl’s crest and the name Rockingham (Geoffrey A. Godden’s ‘An Illustrated Encyclopedia of British Pottery and Porcelain’ published in 1965 by Bonanza Books, New York, see p 280). The Brameld brothers continued as operators of the pottery until the Rockingham Works went bankrupt in 1842 and the entire inventory was liquidated in 1843 (ibid p 280-281). And so if you are looking for a stunning antique green glazed creamware leaf plate with strong molded details and no damage, then make sure you seriously consider purchasing this example while it is still available. And as always, this plate also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see below) for a refund minus certain nonrefundable expenses (shipping costs, etc.) if sent back postmarked by 14 days after receipt at your address.
SIZE: This plate has a maximum diameter of 8 3/4 inches and stands about 13/16 inches tall along its outer rim edge. The foot rim on back of the plate has a diameter of 5 11/16 inches across. The plate is the perfect size for displaying either standing in a plate holder on a shelf, table or mantle or china cabinet or hanging along a wall with other antique plates (as always, please only use safe plate hangers).
CONDITION: This plate is in excellent condition with no damage or no chips, hairlines, cracks, repairs, stains, major scratches, or restoration. The only evidence of some 200 years of use and display is some glaze wear on a few of the interior fine raised vein lines from stacking the plate with others and some worn glaze spots on the tips of a few of the serrated rim edges. Consequently, one would be hard pressed to find another finely molded green Brameld plate from the c1815 period in better condition without paying far more than what is asked here. Finally, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this plate for a refund as noted below (see refund policy below for full details).
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INV: RL855.a2104 (#233)