This is one of the scenes in William Ridgway's Marmora pattern -- a romantic, stylized depiction of an island that is found between the Black Sea and the Aegean Sea and is famous for its marble quarries. Williams Weber I 1978 p.328 documents this pattern, showing two center scenes. William Ridgway is the only maker of a Marmora pattern. This scene has a large tree emerging from the river bank on the left, people in a boat on the river, foreground figures on the near bank, and buildings with minarets or towers on the right. In the border, vertical trellis dividers separate scenic reserves, showing a boat on a stream, trees, and buildings. Purple encompasses a myriad of shades from a quite bluish pink through lavender and puce to deep wine. Although many collectors refer to the ware as “mulberry,” the color is correctly known as purple. The inks used to produce this hue simply do not flow. Instead, they offer us a violet rainbow that continually feeds us new surprises. The color is still nice and vibrant. The plate is in excellent condition with no chips, or cracks. IT IS RARE TO FIND OLDER EARTHENWARE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IF PRESENT IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
Backstamp: Urn with Anchor W R & Co and Marmora in banner
Measures: 10 1/4" w x 1 1/2"H
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