The romantic Patras pattern shown here on an 12-sided serving dish was manufactured by Wood & Challinor in the first half of the nineteenth century. Patras was an ancient seaport on the south side of the Gulf of Patras in Greece. It was known for its flourishing trade in silk, leather, wax, cheese, tobacco, and wheat. The serving bowl has a wonderful 2 inch wide rim that has three cartouches with a scene of buildings, trees and people in a boat. Beautiful blue and white scrolls enclose the scenes and accent the wide rim. The background of the center of the dish and the sides is still a bright white color. The blue scene in the center has stairways leading up to a gazebo with people and a statue in the foreground, a couple is walking on the path from the gazebo and beautiful tall trees are intermingled between the buildings. In the distance more buildings and trees can be seen. The piece is museum quality, colors are still bright and there are not chips, flea bites, or cracks! What an awesome addition to anyone's blue and white collection.
Backstamp: Ironstone Cartouche with Patras in center & W & C H ca.1828-1843
Measures: 9 1/2" W x 1 1/2" H, rim wide 2"
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