Staffordshire earthenware covered sugar bowl in medium blue transfer, in the "Lady of the Lake" pattern. The pattern name is printed in blue transfer on the underside of the foot on a banner.
The pattern name apparently refers to a poem of the same name by Sir Walter Scott. Although it is practically forgotten today, the poem was very popular in the early 1800s -- an early best seller.
We would identify the maker of this piece as "unknown," but the theme and style of the decoration appear to put the time and place of manufacture in the first half of the 19th century, most likely Staffordshire, England. The "Lady of the Lake" transfer pattern is clearly based on engravings of drawings by Richard Westall.
The sugar bowl (with the cover in place) measures 5.25" tall x 4.5" deep x 5.75" wide over all. The piece weighs approximately 13.5 ounces before packing.
Condition: good for its age, with minor restorations. The piece shows a number of the typical signs of having been used at some time in the past: there are several tiny chips in the glaze on the interior bottom (ostensibly from spoons' having been dropped inside); there is one large chip, and a couple of much smaller ones, to the lip of the bowl (all of which are hidden by the lid when it is in place); there is friction wear on the bottom of the foot; and there is some moderate discoloration of the ceramic body associated with the rim chips. The glaze (and some of the underglaze color) has flaked away in spots on the molded ring "handles" on the ends of the piece. There are a few areas of crazing in the glaze. There is one repaired chip to the underside of the edge of the lid and another on a corner of the outside edge. There appears to have been some repair to the finial as well. We have included photographs that show many of these issues.
The bold pattern and good condition of this piece should make it a nice addition to a collection of blue and white transfer ware.
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