Large earthenware platter in purple transfer depicting "Newburg, Hudson River," one of the "Picturesque Views" series made for the North American market by James & Ralph Clews of Cobridge, Staffordshire, England between 1818-1834.
The transfer decoration depicts a country scene: in the foreground a wagon drawn by two oxen ascends a winding path; in the background is a town, likely intended to represent Newburgh, New York, on the other side of a wide river, the Hudson. The border is mostly floral with some architectural elements. Pairs of birds (that resemble doves or perhaps pheasants) are perched within each repetition of the border motif.
The platter measures about 20" x 16" and weighs slightly more than 5 pounds. The edge is molded with beading and scalloping. The piece is marked on the back with the impressed "Clews Warranted Staffordshire" circular mark. There is, in addition, a printed transfer mark on the back of the rim, with trees, a sailboat and a rock projecting from the water, upon which one can read "Picturesque Views / Newburg / Hudson River," written in script.
Condition: good for its age with one significant restoration (professional?) to the back, in the area where the pattern name appears. There are areas of light staining to the earthenware. The glaze is crazed over all and there is light-to-moderate staining within the crazing. There are a few areas where flaking has occurred in the glaze. There are some knife scratches in the well of the platter, and the edges have become worn over the years from handling and from having been displayed on one edge or another -- mostly small areas of flaking off and rubbing, but a couple of shallow chips as well. There do not appear to be any cracks (with examination by touch and sound). Please have a good look at the photos that accompany this listing.
A bold decorative piece of American Historical Staffordshire.
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