Copeland oval stoneware platter in medium-brown transfer, one of the “Cairo” series.
The pattern features a scroll with an “oriental” scene featuring palm trees, a river and towers with onion-shaped domes (making the “Cairo” appellation appropriate). Most of the rest of the elements in the pattern are derived from motifs more common to the traditions of southeast Asia: cherry or prunus blossoms and branches, a fan, flying birds, a crane, and what appear to be “Japanese” irises.
The impressed marks on the back of the platter establish the maker as W. T. Copeland of Stoke, Staffordshire, England. That company began manufacturing in 1847 and continued to produce pottery and china well into the 20th Century. Based on the mark and the type of decoration, we would place the date of manufacture between the mid-1880s and the early 1890s.
Dimensions: about 15¼” x 12” x 1¼”; the platter weighs about 2 pounds, 14 ounces.
Condition: Very good for a piece of this age and type. There are no discernible cracks or chips. There are a few knife or cutlery scratches in the glaze in the center of the platter, and one burst bubble in the glaze on the edge.