#2 Antique Pale Blue English Transferware Romantic Staffordshire Plate Circa 1837 Cattle Scenery
Beautiful, antique light blue transferware plate with the pattern name Italian Scenery. The Italian Scenery series consists of at least seven different, scenic views of figures and architecture within idyllic landscapes, often with cattle, sheep or goats. It is a particularly beautiful set of views printed in the palest of blue (almost with a hint of periwinkle) within an elaborate floral border containing further landscape cartouches.
John Meir & Son of Greengates Pottery, Tunstall active 1812 to 1897. These piece was most likely produced around 1837 based on the J M & S backstamp.
This firm produced a good range of printed earthenware and ironstone, much of which was exported outside of England.
References: Further examples of the Italian Scenery series by Meir are illustrated in A.W. Coysh and R.K. Henrywood, Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 page 194-195.
*3rd to last photo is of workers outside the kilns (aka bottle ovens) at Greengates works, Tunstall
*looks beautiful paired with lavender / purple transferware!
Measures: 10 1/2"
Condition: I have three plates which all have either a stable hairline or a chip on the back rim. There is fine allover crazing and some typical pops in the glaze. 2
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