Antique pearlware large dinner plate (10 1/8 inches diam.) with a transfer print depicting an oriental scene of hunters on horses and elephants pursuing a bear. Several notable potteries produced this same particular print under different Series titles such as ‘Indian Sporting’ at Spode in the mid to late 1820s (Spode was allegedly the first to have printed this Series on tableware), James and Ralph Clews marketed the Series in the late 1820s or early 1830s under an unknown Series name but often using individual pattern subtitles similar to Spode’s subtitles, and Edward Challinor under the Series entitled ‘Oriental Sports’ that was produced much later after 1842 (Coysh and Henrywood’s ‘Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880', Volume I, edition 1993A, pages 187-188; see also Ibid. Vol. II, pages 148-149). There are 23 different scenes from the Spode Series that are shown in Drakard and Holdway’s seminal work on Spode’s printed patterns under the authors catalogue number P904 (see David Drakard and Paul Holdway’s ‘Spode Transfer Printed Ware 1784 to 1833' published in 2002 by Antiques Collectors’ Club, pages 235-241).
Except for the Challinor version which is not common to encounter today and may have been produced as a replacement, this particular pearlware transfer pattern was popular in the late 1820s and early 1830s at the latest. In fact, there are three examples of this same hunting pattern on Ruby Lane today under name ‘Death of the Bear’ and ranging from $185 to $275 each and far more than the price listed here for this example. Although there is an internal hairline on this plate, it still displays well and the glaze is bright and shiny with no repairs, chips, deep scratches, major stains or restoration (see all Photos).
The Staffordshire pottery that produced this plate is not identified to date although some folks might try to assign it to Edward Challinor’s pottery but this would be incorrect since its attributes place it some 15 years before that factory started producing any wares. These recognizable older attributes include a foot rim, eight rim edge indents (often called the New Indented plate shape) noted in the Spode factory catalogue after about 1805, and a distinct bluish-green tinted wavy pearlware glaze. The plate blank is thin and all these temporal attributes certainly place the plate offered here from the late 1820s and not from the 1840s. In fact, there is a GR also engraved in the mark on the back of this plate that researchers attribute to signify George Rex and in this case refers to King George III who ruled from 1760 to 1820 (see Photo 7).
The maker’s mark on the back of the plate listed for sale here is therefore somewhat enigmatic in that it also has an error in the spelling of the Series title, clearly missing the ‘S’ off of the end of the word SPORT (see Photo 7). While some feel that this is an innocent error by the engraver, it may actually be another clue as to its older age. Potteries in Staffordshire in the 1820s often copied, borrowed or simply stole patterns from each other with impunity. The absence of any pottery names or company logos.
Finally, the print on this plate is from of a series first published in 20 monthly issues starting in a June 1805. There were forty different scenes issued based on original drawings by Samuel Howitt that accompanied Captain Thomas Williamson work titled ‘Oriental Field Sports, Wild Sports of the East’ published in 1807 by Edward Orme and dedicated to King George III. Hence the GR and the Crown along with the words Oriental Sport in the mark on the back of this plate (Photo 7).
So if you are looking for a nice antique pearlware plate from the very popular and highly collectible Oriental Sports Series issued by Spode and several other potteries in the 1820s, then make sure you seriously consider 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 complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to request a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as requested (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This antique pearlware plate measures 10 1/8 inches across at the rim and rests on a foot rim that has a diameter of about 6 1/2 inches (final shipping weight is estimated between 2.5 lbs and 3 lbs). It is in good condition with just an internal tight hairline in the well near the top (see Photos 2, 6 and 9, pencil points to hairline). Still, the plate displays well and the glaze is bright and shiny with no repairs, chips, deep scratches, major stains or restoration (see all Photos). Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return the plate for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as noted below).
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