EARLY POLYCHROME BROWN AESTHETIC TRANSFERWARE PLATTER
Sampson Hancock Potteries
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1883
This is a stunning transferware platter dating to 1883. The platter measures 10 1/4 " in diameter x 8 1/4 " wide. The color is a rich sepia or wonderful dark chocolate brown with under glaze painting in blue, golden yellow, two shades of green and red . The pattern is named PALMYRA, featuring a fantastic wide, busy band of sunflowers with a background of geometric shapes. The well of the plate has a central flower pot full of oversized sunflowers surrounded by rows of buttercups and geometrical flourishes.
The piece is marked on the underside with an impressed registration mark, the pattern name the intials S. H. that identifies the maker as Sampson Hancock, a pottery maker working in the Staffordshire region of England from 1858-1891.
The piece is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no hairlines, and no repairs. It is absolutely gorgeous - elegant and well potted, with richly detailed transfers reflecting the Victorian love of nature.