10" dark blue transfer plate, one of the Panoramic Scenery series made by Ralph Stevenson of Cobridge, Staffordshire, England. The transfer on this plate depicts a church or abbey on a hill in the background and a family group in the foreground. The central design is surrounded by what is often called a grotto-style foliage border.
The plate has a slightly scalloped gadroon edge, has stilt marks on the reverse, and weighs a hefty 1¼ pounds.
Marks: a transfer printed cartouche in the form of a banner and branches, which reads, "R.S. / PANORAMIC SCENERY." This has been printed over an impressed mark that reads "STEVENSON." Ralph Stevenson operated a potworks between about 1810 and 1832.
Condition: good for its age (nearly 200 years old). There are some knife scratches in the glaze on the front and fine, clean, crazing on the plate over all. Light to moderate staining can be seen on the back, which appears to be related to a hairline crack (which appears to be stable) and losses to the glaze on and near the edge. There is moderate wear to the glaze along the gadroon molding in the form of rubbing and/or flaking. There are a few bubbles in the glaze that caused voids in the decoration. We have done our best to provide photos of these imperfections.
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