The subject on this beautiful brown transfer plate is the island of Cyprus in the Mediterranean Sea south of Turkey (formerly a British Colony, but independent since 1960). Fittingly, the pattern shows a waterside scene with classical western buildings on the right and a number of boats with masts on the left pulled into port. In the foreground several figures appear to be unloading the first boat. Framing this view is a dense wreath of ivy vines accented with three scrolled cartouches showing three different scenic views. This pattern is illustrated in the TCC Winter 2000 Bulletin (Vol. II, No.2) on page 14 in an article on Brown Transferware by Norman Wolf. It is interesting that after presenting this illustration, the author observes that "The quality of transfer-printed pottery continued well into the 20th century" and then goes on to lament that we sometimes forget how beautiful the late patterns are. Certainly the amount of detail in both the center and border of this pattern reflect a great deal of artistry and skill on the part of the engraver! IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE EARTHENWARE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Backstamp: F.J. Emery Cyprus pattern in cartouche
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