This is an English Aynsley (one of the Staffordshire companies) footed pedestal comport. The date is circa 1890 to 1910.
Aynsley produced a series of high quality plates, with cobalt rims, and where the center was artist hand painted with a significant world famous landscape scene. Producing a cobalt glaze is labor intensive as cobalt requires multiple firings, and so the production loss during the firing process is high, making the cost of production high. Therefore the cobalt pieces are used only for the highest quality production and the final consumer was typically quite wealthy.
This piece is a comport, not a plate, though it matches the plates that were produced with the famous landscapes. The function was most likely to hold the dainty pastries or petit sandwiches for an afternoon tea. It is 2 5/8" high and 9 3/8" wide.
The landscape scene, entirely hand painted by the artist, is the Lake of Killarney, and is noted as such on the underside and there is also noted the word "Inmisfallen." The artist's signature of R. J. Keeling is on the bottom right of the painted landscape, and I provide a close-up photo of the signature. There are three lakes of Killarney. Inmisfallen is an island in Lough Leane, one of the three lakes. I believe this means the artist painted a view of Lough Leane from the island. It is a magnificent painting, and extremely well executed. The landscape around the lake is craggy with rocks and stunted trees. There is a boat with people on the lake and in the distance is a stone structure on the edge of the water.
The shape of the comport is scalloped, indenting inward at the rim. The cobalt glaze is on the rim and the foot of the pedestal. A cobalt glaze will always be seen with a lot of gold trim as the cobalt will bleed into the white glaze, and a band of gold covering the line between the two glazes will hide this bleed. Over the cobalt is a pattern of gold leaves. The edges are also trimmed in bright gleaming gold and there are additional gold bands around the pedestal.
There are no chips, nicks, crazing or wear to the gold.
The underside is not marked with Aynsley, however the collectors of these pieces can easily recognize the comport as being Aynsley as they are the company that made these pieces. Typically when the maker's mark is missing from Aynsley it means it is an earlier piece. The red overglaze mark is Inmisfallen Lake of Killarney, how Aynsley identified the landscape scenes on each piece they produced.
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