Nineteenth-century English ironstone soup plate with ornate flow blue / cobalt blue transfer and extensive over-glaze gilt (gold) painting.
The pattern, called “Chusan” in the mark on the back of the plate, is an elaborate design incorporating Asian-inspired arabesques and florals around the rim, and a landscape with flowers, bamboo and mythical-looking birds. There are also floral transfer designs on the back of the rim. The transfer is moderately “flown,” with the pattern still clear enough to be identifiable.
Mark: Printed on reverse, the mark resembles a scroll, with the pattern name, “Chusan,” in Old English script or blackletters. There are, in addition, mock Chinese characters on the center of the scroll, and the initials, “R D”. According to Geoffrey Godden’s Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks (p. 729), these initials have been noted on pieces dating to the period 1840 to 1850. Godden suggests the initials may have been used by either Richard Dudson (whose pottery operated in Hanley, Staffordshire, England, between about 1838 and 1844), or to Richard Daniel of Stoke (also in Staffordshire, c. 1841-1854). We agree that the plate was probably made in Staffordshire, probably during the middle of the nineteenth century.
Measurements: approximately 10.125” in diameter and about 2” deep. Weight: about one pound, five ounces before packaging; estimated packaged weight: 4 pounds.
Condition: very good for a piece this age. There do not appear to be any cracks or repairs. There are two small, shallow, flakes to the glaze on the underside of the rim (see the photos), and one small area of possible touch-up paint to the gold on the front side on the edge. The gilding is generally still bright and in good condition, showing areas of wear mostly within the well of the plate.
A gorgeous piece, it would make a wonderful addition to a collection of flow blue or display of nineteenth-century transfer ware.
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