Gilded Art Nouveau Staffordshire transferware covered asparagus platter or booté in the very rare aqua-blue Corsica pattern by John Maddock & Sons of Staffordshire, England circa 1880-1896. This beautiful aqua-blue color is often referred to in reference books as a variation of flow blue. The server is in excellent condition.
The platter has an asparagus stalk for the handle atop its lid laced with gold and a tree and well embossing for draining the liquid away from the asparagus it holds; the feet on the bottom tilt the platter aiding in the drainage of any liquid. The ample platter portion measures 12 1/2 by 9 inches. The lid measures 10 inches by 7 inches and from table to top of the finale measures 3 1/4 inches keeping its profile low to keep its delicate contents warm and the platter from becoming too full thus damaging its delicate contents. The maker's mark indicates production between 1880 and 1896. There are no chips, cracks or hairlines and the glaze is bright creamy white and very shiny; any discoloration in the photos is shadowing and effects from the lighting. There are era typical anomalies; stilt marks, glaze pits, dust 'bumps, glaze skips and small iron flecks. Some light age appropriate crazing is present and a remarkable 75-80% of the gilding remains. This would be a fabulous gift for the discerning collector or gourmet in your life, you perhaps! (L2595)
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