This is an English Staffordshire set of parian ware. The set consists of four plates and one serving dish with an end tab or handle. The maker is Thomas, John and Joseph Mayer, a Staffordshire pottery also known as Furlong Works and Dale Hall Pottery. The company specialized in molded parian ware and they participated in the Exhibitions of 1851, 1853 and 1855. The date is circa 1843 to 1855.
Each plate has a diameter of 8 5/8” and is 1 ¼” high. The plates are rimmed with a center hollow, similar to a soup plate but not as deep, so not a soup plate. The serving plate or dish is 10” by 9 1/8”, and 2 ¼” high to the top of the end tab.
The pattern is similar to raised slip, a type of pate-sur-pate, and is one of raised white clusters of grapes, grape leaves and vines against a blue ground, a color that has wavy ridges in it if you look at the close-up photos. The handle on the serving plate is beautiful, a looped grape vine with leaves and small grapes. The edges of each piece are white and represent the vines.
Heirs of the original designer of this set lived in Oregon. The set came up in an estate sale. There were more pieces than what I have for sale here. A Portland antique dealer purchased the set, then attempted to sell individual pieces on a well-known online site, sold some, gave up, and sold me the last 5 pieces. If you like this set, there may be other pieces available for sale online if you desire to expand the set, that were originally accompanied the pieces I list here for sale. This set is unusual because most of what comes up for sale in the antique market place are the parian jugs produced by Mayer, not plates.
There are no chips, nicks or cracks. There is no crazing because there is no glaze to craze. The pottery is exceptionally smooth on the underside. One plate has a few tiny age lines in the foot rest. There is still a bit of estate dirt caught up in the pattern here and there.
The printed black mark on each piece is the emblem referred to as the Royal Arms, with a lion on the left and a unicorn on the right rearing up against a shield with a crown in the middle, with the words T. J. & J. Mayer’s above the emblem, and below the emblem a ribbon with the word patent, and below that the words Dale Hall Pottery Longport.
English Staffordshire Mayer Set Parian Ware 4 Plates & Serving Dish Raised White Grapes Leaves Against Blue c 1843 - 1855
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