A very pretty 10" blue transfer plate in an unidentified pattern made by Minton of Stoke, Staffordshire, England.
The under-glaze pattern is floral and inspired by "oriental" designs. Hand-painted embellishments in red enamel have been applied over the glaze. The edge is painted in mustard yellow enamel. The weight of the plate is one pound, five ounces.
The transfer decoration is slightly "flown," and the pottery is ironstone.
There are both painted and impressed marks on the back of the plate. A four-digit number is hand-painted in red (please see the accompanying photo), and "MINTON / B B / [illegible character] / [year cypher]" is impressed into the earthenware. The impression of the year cypher, possibly the one for 1865, is not clear and possibly incomplete. "B B" was used by the factory during the mid-19th century, and stands for "Best Body." The impressed name, "MINTON," was used from about 1862 until 1871 (when the name began to be expressed as "Mintons." All information can be found in Godden's Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks.
Condition: very good 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 little noticeable crazing in the glaze on either back or front: the most significant instance of crazing extends from a small chip to the base ring. There is at least one more "bruise" on the base ring. The glaze is uneven in spots; there is light staining to the earthenware in a few thin areas. The over glaze enamel is in generally good condition, but there is some flaking off of the red from normal use. There are places in the yellow edge where flake-off has occurred.
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