This lot is a huge (12 1/4" diameter) Blue Historical Staffordshire Potato or Serving Bowl, c. 1830. The bowl has a central medallion with the scene of a arched bridge with a tall, classical structure in the background. There are 2 men on the near shore of the river and a large urn on a pedestal. This circular image is surrounded by very large flowers and there is a chain link border and a boldly beaded perimeter to the bowl. No maker's marks, but the border is very reminiscent of some of the floral and fruit borders used by R. Hall. The bowl measures 12 ¼" diameter and 2 ¾" deep.
This bowl is very impressive looking and displays well; the condition is very good, or better. The color is very pleasant and the transfer crisp. 2 of the knobs on the beaded edge (1 at about 4 o'clock and the other at about 7 o'clock) have broken off and there is a short (1 ¼"), faint hairline associated with the 4 o'clock bump! This line is not visible on the front and barely visible on the underside. No other chips, cracks, repairs, etc, and only some minor surface scratching on the bottom of the bowl and some slight glaze rubbing on the beaded edge, primarily, around the bottom half of the bowl. If anyone knows the pattern or the maker, please let me know and I'll post an addendum.
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