10-1/4" Flow blue ironstone plate in the "Chapoo" pattern made by John Wedg Wood of Tunstall, Staffordshire, England. The pattern (although quite dark and greatly blurred) fits into the Chinoiserie category, depicting a landscape featuring water, trees, a bridge and buildings. This piece weighs in at a hefty two pounds before packaging.
As is well known to collectors, the blurring (or "flowing") of the printed design was intentional, an effect achieved by adding chemicals to the glost kiln during firing. Although flow blue wares were made in England, they were especially popular in North America.
The piece is transfer-marked on the back with a ribbon-like cartouche emblazoned with the word "Ironstone" and the name "J. Wedg Wood." This manufacturer (not to be confused with Josiah Wedgwood, whose firm didn't use marks incorporating the letter "J") operated in Staffordshire between 1841 and 1860.
The glaze is somewhat uneven and there are stilt marks to be found on both the front and back of the plate. There is also a void in the pottery (which occurred during manufacturing) within the center well of the plate. Someone appears to have touched this up with some type of blue pigment. The rim is paneled with twelve sections.
Condition: very good for its age and still bright, with no cracks or chips that we have been able to find. There are some knife scratches in the glaze on the front, and moderate clean crazing in the glaze on both back and front. There is some surface rubbing on raised areas of the molding, but no edge chips. The only real damage to speak of is in the form of the previous owner's name, etched (unprofessionally) into the glaze on the back.
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