This 12 sided plate is remarkable. It is done in a nice blue transfer and on a creamy white background. The main motif is of two women, with a large vase and urns in the foreground. The women are close to an embrace, or showing other signs of fondness. You can see buildings and scenery in the background. Around the wonderful rim are urns, scenery, scrolls and geometric designs in a blue. During 1851 and 1852 many potteries produced an almost identical pattern. In the Shaw (Pomona), Holland (Carrara) and one of the Clementson (Sydenham) designs, one of the women appears to be a younger girl. Despite this, you'll notice pattern names of Minerva and Athena - the Roman and the Greek goddess of war, not love. The scene by Shaw, called Pomona, may have a different bearing: Vertumnus & Pomona, and also Jupiter & Callisto, both mythological cases of a man pretending to be somebody else in order to blindside the woman into loving him. Other titles are Italian place names. For the most part, these titles have little or no bearing on what's being shown. They're tools to convey a classical and exotic impression. The other striking feature is that so many of these makers had only just begun their existence in 1850/51. Perhaps these fledgling firms may have purchased their patterns from the same freelance transferware engraving studio, which cosmetically changed the pattern for each new purchaser. This plate is in excellent condition with no chips or cracks. 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: cartouche and banner Colonna T Goodfellow
Measures: 9 1/4"
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