A beautiful pearlware "semi china" Staffordshire plate c. 1820. This is English blue and white transfer ware, and pearlware or "semi china" indicates a finer china than the more common pottery of the region. It is lighter but sturdier, having the feel of a porcelain plate. This one has a central scene of a river with arched bridge in the foreground and classical buildings in the background. The decoration on the rim is lovely, with sprays of oak leaves, raspberries or blackberries, and what appear to be the tips of wheat sheaves. The plate measure 10" in diameter and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, scratches, or damage. The reverse is not marked except for a chamfered rectangle with "Semi-China". We believe this may be from the Stevenson factory but have been unable to confirm.
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