This is a heavily decorated piece made during the last decade of the 19th century in Staffordshire by William Adams and Co. It is ironstone as is stamped on the back. The pattern name is Fairy Villas. The center decoration is an Oriental design with pagodas, trees and flowers and a sailed boat possibly fishing. The border is alternating sprays of flowers with a cartouche from the rim border containing a vase of flowers against a dotted background. The rim is gently ruffled. The lid is fluted and is absolutely beautiful. The handle sits high over all as if on top of a mound. The entire piece stands on four feet.
This piece is definitely right for serving vegetables. It too shallow for soup. It measures 12.5 x 9.5 and stands with the lid - approx. 5.5 inches. The condition of the piece is near perfect. There is one small chip to the underglaze at the point of a handle. You can see this in one of the pictures. That is the only issue I see, no crazing, no cracks or scrapes....it is truly a lovely piece and one to both display and use.
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