Robinson Wood & Brownfield Purple Zoological Series Antique English Transferware Plate
Brand Brownfield & Sons
Staffordshire plate featuring a crane enclosure from the Zoological Series by Robinson, Wood & Brownfield, 1837 (the company was in business only in that year) and was formerly owned by James and Ralph Clews. The series was made to commemorate the London Zoological Gardens, which had only recently opened.
The London Zoo was a very popular destination from its opening, giving people an opportunity to see for themselves the wild creatures that before they could only read about in books.
In the transfer, you see a pair of cranes in a shallow pool of water and a building on the right of the scene that houses. There are flowers in the foreground, and the platter has a wonderful, plaid border with leafy swags around the inner rim. There is a cartouche on the back: "Stoneware, W.&B, Zoological."
The plate measures 9" and is in very good condition. There are no chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc.
This came from an avid collector and shop owner back East.