AESTHETIC GREEN TRANSFERWARE SOUP PLATE THE WORLD PATTERN ~ THE RHINE + DRESDEN Wallis Gimson Potteries Fenton, Staffordshire England c. 1884 This large victorian aesthetic 9 1/8 " soup plate is transfer printed in dark green. The clear and crisp WORLD pattern features an exotic geometric border with ferns, cherry blossoms and wild orchids surrounding two fabulous cartouches . One is of the Rhine Bridge & Palace and the other is of the Staircase of the Bruhl Terrace in Dresden. The Rhine River is one of the most important rivers in Europe running through Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France and the Netherlands. Balcony of Europe ~ Terrace of Dresden The terrace was originally part of ramparts built to protect the city. Between 1739 and 1748 count Henrich von Brühl, a powerful minister under King Augustus the Strong, transformed the ramparts into a terraced garden for his palace. Goethe gave it the name 'Balcony of Europe'. The staircase is flanked by four bronze sculptures, each symbolizing one season. The piece is marked on the underside with an impressed registration mark, the pattern name the intials L.S. & S. and the Beehive trademark that identifies the maker as Wallis Gimson, a pottery maker working in Fenton in the Staffordshire region of England from 1884-1890. Clean and bright. No chips, no cracks, no hairlines, no utensil marks and no repairs. Displays beautifully.