10¼" medium blue transfer plate made by William Adams & Sons of Staffordshire, England. The transfer pattern on this plate is "Blenheim, Oxfordshire." The subject of the print is a scenic view of the English palace in Woodstock, built between 1705 and 1724. The palace is the seat of the Dukes of Marlborough and the birthplace of Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965).
In the transfer design, the palace appears in the background. A lake, upon which there are three swans, is in the foreground, and several deer can be seen in between. The rim of the plate is decorated with an ornate floral border.
Marks: The pattern name appears within a scrolling transfer-printed cartouche on the back of the plate. Also present is an impressed mark, which reads "ADAMS" at the top and "WARRANTED STAFFORDSHIRE" surrounding an eagle in a position similar the one found on the Great Seal of the United States. The impressed mark was used (apparently also in printed form, according to Godden's Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks) between 1804 and 1840.
Also present on the back of the plate are smudges in blue made by decorators' fingers, and (regrettably) the surname of the previous owner engraved into the glaze with a vibrating pen . Stilt marks are present on the back of the rim.
Condition: rather good for its age and clean, with no cracks or large chips. Most of the signs of wear from use can be found on the verge between the well of the plate and the rim -- glaze has rubbed or flaked off on that ridge, and the ceramic has become discolored. There appears to be some professional retouching to a few places along the verge, and a small area of the edge. (See photos included with this listing.) There are a number of light scratches to the glaze and one small chip to the base ring.
Despite its flaws, the plate makes for a pretty display.
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