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Large Dark Blue Historical Staffordshire Serving Dish: American Villa Pattern
Here is perhaps the largest blue Historical Staffordshire Open Vegetable or Serving Dish I have ever seen. The pattern is American Villa by an unknown maker and the transfer shows a man (sitting), woman (standing and holding a basket) and a donkey in front of a large building with a church steeple to the left. There is also a little dog with the couple and the bowl has a bold border of grape clusters, grape leaves, fruits and large flowers. The scene is repeated 4 times around the outside of the bowl. The dish measures 12 ½" x 9" and is 2 ½" deep.
This open veggie displays magnificently. The color is rich and the transfer is clear (not always the case with this pattern). The bowl has a professional restoration to a line across the base and a small edge chip. It was done by one of the best restorers in New England and the restoration is practically impossible to detect. According to the Transferware Collectors Club Data Base, there is debate as to exactly what scene this transfer shows; some think it might be a South American view. Hollow ware in this American Villa Pattern is extremely scarce. If you are planning just to display this bowl, the restoration should not be a deterrent (but please don't put it in the dishwasher!).
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Michael Weinberg, Pelham, MA