A superb antique English transferware platter by Davenport. Very dark cobalt blue on a white ground. An uncommon platter form with raised center meat plateau. Border design from the scarce Cornucopia Flower Border series by Davenport ca. 1825. The intricate view is a pastoral river scene with buttressed church, arched bridge and house on the opposite bank of the river. Two rustic figures in the shade of the trees in the foreground appear to be tending a sluice gate. Measures 15 1/4 inches by 12 1/4 inches.
In very good condition. On the front of the platter there is a flaw on the raised edge of the center plateau (illustrated), a pinpoint peck in the foreground and moderate utensil marks best seen only on closeup inspection with a raking light. Outside edge of the platter exhibits no damage. In the center of the back side there is a long, Y-shaped hairline that under magnification with a loupe appears to be only slightly deeper than the surface glaze and does not appear to go very deep into the body. This flaw can only be seen on the back, not the front. No chips or repairs. The image of the reverse appears to show a chip at the top edge on back, but that is only a smear of dark blue transfer color under the glaze.
The ability of this piece to withstand normal use and many years in such a fine state is a testament to the excellent quality of Davenport's wares. Incredible, deep blue is a delight for the eye, as well. Impressed 'Davenport' (upper case) with anchor and the number '21'. Also the number '8' stamped in blue.
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