An early (c. 1810) English Pearlware Plate with underglaze blue chinoiserie decoration. The image shows a woman holding a parasol with a large Pagoda or house in the background. This hand-enameled image has acquired the name “Long Eliza.” The plate has a shell (feather) edge with 3 sets of bold swags. It is 9 ½” in diameter.
The plate is in very fine condition. The underglaze blue decoration is strong, the color deep blue. The swags are crisp and well-defined and the shell edge is also strong. There are no cracks, lines or restorations, and the glaze is very shiny. The only flaw are a series of small, shallow edge chips – more like flakes than chips, common with these wares. The largest is about ¼” and most of them are much smaller. There also are a couple of small chips on the footrim, the part of the plate that touches the table. All in all, a lovely plate.
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