This lovely red (with shades of deep pink) and white transferware plate was made by Ralph Stevenson, one of the early Staffordshire potters. The R. S. mark used on this piece is dated to the period 1810-1832 by the Godden book of English pottery and porcelain makers. The plate is 9.5 inches in diameter and in beautiful condition. The pattern name is "Pastoral." There are two adults with fishing poles and a third younger person reaching into the stream with a net. There are hills and trees in the background; this is indeed a pastoral scene. The border of the plate is gently scalloped and inside the border is a circular design of detailed roses and dahlias. On page 514 of the book, Staffordshire, by Petra Williams a version of the Pastoral pattern is pictured and discussed. This is a wonderful early piece of English transferware.
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