An 8½" Staffordshire plate in blue transfer in the Fruit and Flower Border Series produced by Henshall & Co. and labeled (on the back of the rim) "British Views."
The central design is a view of an English country manor, depicting two men in the foreground at left. They are dressed in attire suitable for fox hunting. In the center foreground is a woman with a basket over her arm and an obedient dog at her side. In the background is a stately house and there is what appears to be a cow in the center.
Coysh & Henrywood's Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I (p 173) states that Henshall & Co. used only one mark identifying the factory, and that it was only rarely used. The title of the series, "British Views," is surrounded by a union wreath (made up of the English rose, Scottish thistle and Irish shamrock). It is believed that Henshall & Co. (which produced most of its wares between about 1790 and 1828 in Longport, Staffordshire, England) made pieces in this series during the company's middle period, circa 1805-1820. The title mark is the only identifying mark on the reverse of the plate.
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. There is one significant stain in the ceramic body that can be seen on the back of the plate. A few surface scratches and clean crazing can be found in the glaze. The glaze is shiny and the transfer clear. As is common with pieces of this vintage and origin, there is some unevenness and stilt marks in the glaze.
An attractive example of 19th century transfer ware.
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