Fisherman RARE Light Blue Staffordshire FOUR Color Transferware Enoch Wood Butterfly Border Plate 1830


Brand Enoch Wood

Attributed to Enoch Wood (The Father of the Potteries) this plate is simply one of the most beautiful pieces of transferware, ever!  Unusual and rare, it is done in a four color process, meaning there are 4 different transfers, one over the other, each requiring its own firing and a very skilled transferrer for placement of the pattern.  The depth and color (brown, green, blue, yellow) is magnificent.  The pattern is known simply as "Butterfly Border" with each piece having a solid color border (red, yellow and brown borders were also produced) while the scenes on each sized piece depicts a range of pastoral landscapes including castles, lakes, cottages, horses and cattle.

 The landscape depicts two men fishing along the banks of a river and a castle in the distance.   The print is composed of four color prints in blue, yellow, green and brown, superimposed upon one another to create the complete scene. 

"The earliest ventures into multi-color printing were for the decoration of porcelain at Vauxhall, however, it wasn’t until the 1790s that the first attempts were made to apply two different colored prints to the same piece of pottery in order to achieve a more colorful pattern. It seems this was not a popular technique until the 1830s when bi-color printing began in earnest with standard borders and central patterns being applied in strong contrasting colors.  The application of a single print with areas shaded in blue, green, and black, heralded the transition in the mid-1840s to a process of single engravings of each of three or four colors that, when applied on top of each other, finally created a full multi-color print".  - Printed British Pottery & Porcelain

Dates from 1830-1840

Measures: 9 1/2"

Condition:  I have several available.  Some surface wear as well as some wear around the rim.  A couple of plates have tiny fleabites / small chips on the white rim and / or glaze pops.  These are 200 years old and are in great condition considering their history.