Gorgeous Victorian pitcher, representative of the aesthetic movement, featuring a transfer scene of hibiscus or marsh mallow type flowers and foliage. The colors are absolutely stunning! The main color is blue, in various shades from cobalt flow blue to a powder blue, which has a beautiful pink blended into the flower petals. There is also the addition of elaborate gold highlighting and trim. The pattern name is ALTHEA.
This very old piece of Staffordshire pottery was made by an English factory called Brown-Westhead, Moore and Co. which began operating in 1862.
The pitcher stands 7-1/8" tall at the spout and approximately 5-3/4" across the widest part including the handle. The base measures 2-7/8" across. This would have been the secondary pitcher, smaller in size, from the main wash basin pitcher.
Mark is embossed on the bottom but is difficult to read. It contains a number 9163. I know that this piece was made by BROWN-WESTHEAD, MOORE & CO. since it matches other pieces I have in this pattern. They were manufacturers of high grade earthenware and porcelain at Cauldon Place, Hanley, Staffordshire, England. There is also a printed English Registry #92932 on the bottom. This number dates the pitcher to 1888.
This piece was once part of an elaborate vanity or wash basin set. The last photo shows the three matching pieces I will be offering in separate listings. I do have two more of the larger matching pieces but, sadly, they have been damaged.
Excellent condition! No chips or cracks or crazing. The glaze and gold trim are also in great shape. Fantastic piece of 130 year old pottery!
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Rare Antique 1888 ALTHEA Aesthetic Staffordshire Transferware Pitcher by Brown Westhead Moore