8" earthenware plate decorated with under-glaze brushstroke painting, made by Alcock of Cobridge, Staffordshire, England.
The brushstroke decoration is similar to that found on Adams Rose and other "gaudy" patterns made in Britain in the early nineteenth century. The leafy vine design on this creamware plate is painted in cobalt blue, green, crimson, purple and black. The glaze is slightly bubbly in places (which has caused a tiny void or two in the painting) and there are a few inclusions.
The plate has an impressed mark in which the name "Alcock" arches over a beehive device. Alcock operated between the late 1820s and 1859, and used this type of mark between 1830 and 1859.
Condition: excellent for its age and very clean, with no cracks or repairs that we have been able to find. There are some knife scratches in the glaze on the front. There is very clean, fine, crazing in the glaze on both back and front. Because the decoration is under the glaze, the painting is in excellent condition over all, with only one spot of damage, where the glaze has rubbed off on the edge of the well of the plate.
A bright and pretty plate.
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