Circa 1830's HUGE Light Blue English Transferware Romantic Staffordshire Platter Meir Italian Scenery Cows
Beautiful, antique light blue huge transferware platter big enough for even the largest turkey 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 I M & S backstamp.
This firm produced a good range of printed earthenware and ironstone, much of which was exported outside of England.
I acquired a large set of this china from a couple who is downsizing their home and moving out of state and had it in their family for many years.
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.
**2nd to last photo shows some of the other pieces available from this set; another platter (18" with same scene as this one), a footed and covered compote and a tall sauce tureen with underplate
*last photo is of workers outside the kilns (aka bottle ovens) at Greengates works, Tunstall
*beautiful paired with purple transferware!
Measures: 20 1/2" x 16 3/8"
Condition: This gorgeous platter has fine allover crazing and some typical pops in the glaze. No chips or cracks. A very good, clean and rare example
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