English earthenware soup plate with black transfer pattern and over-glaze enamel colors.
The transfer pattern features an overall pattern of prunus branches and blossoms with a center motif designed to resemble a wide ribbon folded back and forth upon itself. The ribbon has a fretwork-like pattern on one “side,” and an Asian-inspired scene with plants, trees and what appear to be geese on the other. The name of the pattern (if there is one) is unknown to us.
The printed design on the plate is further embellished with over-glaze enamels (deep pink and blue) and peach luster. The over-glaze decoration is in very good condition for a piece of this vintage.
There is an impressed mark on the back of the plate that identifies the manufacturer as Pinder, Bourne & Co. of Burslem, Staffordshire, England. That company operated between 1862 and 1882 (the firm was bought by Doultons in 1878, but continued to make pottery with the Pinder, Bourne & Co. mark until 1882, when the name became Dolton & Co. Ltd.). The registration mark printed on the back of the piece indicates a date of 4 August 1880.
Dimensions: 9½ inches diameter x 1⅜ inches high. The piece weighs slightly more than one pound.
Condition: quite good for its age, with few signs of having been used. There is little to no wear to the over-glaze decoration. There is one area of roughness along the edge that appears to be a flaw dating to the time of manufacture (voids or bubbles in the glaze than have broken open); there is one small flake on the edge of the rim, which may be of a later date but still very old. There is fine (yet clean) crazing in the glaze over all. Otherwise, there are no breaks, cracks or repairs to this attractive piece.
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