A 9" Staffordshire plate in blue transfer, "Don Quixote and Sancho Panza," one of the patterns in the J & R Clews "Don Quixote" series.
Coysh & Henrywood's Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I (p 112) identifies the pattern as having been based on illustrations by Robert Smirke and Charles Westall, and made primarily for the North American market. The illustrations had appeared in an English version of Cervantes' novel.
The title of the scene printed in the center of the plate is itself printed on the back of the plate. There is no mark specifically naming the manufacturer (according to reference sources, this is common in pieces in the series). However, there appears to be some kind of impressed mark (possibly an upper case "W") in the pottery which is covered by the pattern name mark.
James & Ralph Clews operated a pottery in Cobridge, Staffordshire (England), between 1815 and 1834. Among other patterns, the company produced table wares in three series -- Doctor Syntax, Don Quixote and Zoological Gardens -- all of which were exported to America.
The plate is in very good condition for its age and for having been used at least for a time in the past. There do not appear to be any chips, cracks or repairs. A few surface scratches can be found in the glaze. The glaze is mostly shiny and the transfer clear. As is common with pieces of this vintage and origin, there are some burst bubbles and stilt marks in the glaze.
An attractive example of 19th century transfer ware.
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