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Large Antique Transferware Platter - Turkey Platter - Romantic Transfer Ware - Flow Blue - Ironstone - Mellor, Venables & Co. - Medici
This impressive old flow blue platter was made in the Staffordshire district of England in the mid 19th C by Mellors, Venables & Company. It not only measures a whopping 17 1/4" x 13 1/4" but is in unusually fine condition. The pattern is 'Medici' and it displays a central motif typical of romantic Staffordshire patterns - a tranquil body of water across which we see a castle, two Grecian urns, one in the foreground with a frieze of robed figures, pillared balustrades, a statue, a few people, sheltering trees and lush foliage, and puffy clouds - a fantasy scene more orderly and serene than real life. The border is composed of foliate flourishes intertwining and framing six cartouches featuring covered urns.
Mellor, Venables & Company was in business in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent for only 15 short years. They were known for their flow blue china and imported much of their production to the US. The registration mark on the back of this platter tells us that this particular piece was made on July 7, 1847, and that there were only five of these platters created that day.
CONDITION is exceptional, really unusually fine, with no chips, cracks, repairs, and no crazing. The piece looks to have seen very little use; the center well is glossy with only a very few stray knife marks, and there are typical stilt marks in the border. There is one tiny brown mark near the large statue in the white area. The bottom shows appropriate shelf wear. Marked with blue underglaze maker and pattern name, a blue underglaze English registry mark, and the impressed word "IRONSTONE." Measures 17 1/4" x 13 1/4" and weighs close to six pounds.
This splendid serving piece is perfect to show off your magnificent Thanksgiving turkey, Christmas goose, a tasty holiday brisket, or an array of roasted veggies - I'd better stop, I'm getting hungry. But really there's no need to wait for a special occasion to use this beauty - and it will look fabulous hanging on display when not in service. Enjoy!
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