Dark blue transfer soup plate in Rogers' "Musketeer" pattern, ca 1820.
The transfer decoration depicts three figures in the foreground, a man on horseback holding a pike, another man on foot carrying a long gun, and a boy with a bow. The men wear shields slung across their backs. In the background are South Asian temples and towering trees.
According to various sources, the design appears to be a composite of several of the images in Daniell's "Oriental Scenery," a collection of prints of places in India.
John and George Rogers operated a pottery at Dale Hall, Longport, Burslem, in Staffordshire, England, from about 1784 to 1814; the company continued to operate for another twenty or so years as John Rogers and Son.
The plate is molded with a scalloped gadroon edge, and is marked on the back with the impressed name, "ROGERS," over what appears to be the numeral "7." It measures 10 inches in diameter.
The slightly blue glaze has pooled somewhat in the gadroon molding and within the base ring of the plate, and there are a couple of spots in which the transfer did not adhere to the pottery (within the well at about the "one-thirty" position). There are stilt marks on the back.
Condition: very good for its age, with moderate crazing in the glaze -- this is noticeable mostly on the back, as are several areas of light discoloration to the pottery extending from the outer edge in the direction of the well. There are two identifiable chips on the reverse (one on the outer edge, and the other on the base ring) and one small one on the molded edge on the front. There are knife scratches in the well of the plate, but relatively few for a piece of this age. There are a couple of spots on the edge (at about the "four o'clock" position) where the glaze has flaked off; and some areas of rubbing to raised spots in the glaze. In general, the glaze is shiny and the transfer image is sharp and clear.
Note: the previous owner used a vibrating pen to etch the surname "Sweet" into the glaze on the back of the plate, within the base ring.
A striking example of early dark blue transferware that will make a wonderful addition to a collection of English pottery.
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