Hand Painted Brown English Transferware Plate Stunning 1871-90 Antique Aesthetic Movement Geometric Medallion Sailboat Windmill


Brand Brownfield & Sons

Circa 1871-1890
Brownfield & Sons
Brown Polychrome Transferware Plate
Wisconsin pattern depicting a sailboat on open waters and windmill/lighthouse in the distance, set within a rust painted triangle with four flowers of geometric medallion proportion, so indicative of the Aesthetic Movement. There is subtle painting of rust, blue and green which has been worn in areas. Beautiful piece!

Measures appx 10.5" handle to handle
Condition: Heavy crazing, commensurate to age. This particular plate has a hairline crack at the 5:00 position.  It does not go thru the plate.  I have discounted it accordingly.  Some inner wear to the rust/orange frame around the ship as it is handpainted. No chips. A little roughness around the rim.

Hand numbered on back.  Some of the plates have a backstamp and others do not and are only numbered.

BROWNFlELD, William (1812-73), pottery manufacturer, Hanley, Staffordshire England.

William Brownfield was born in Hanley in February of 1812 to Ralph Brownfield, earthenware manufacturer and Sarah Nee Meigh. After working as a commercial traveller for his father's firm he joined the firm of Robinson and Wood.

He favoured Hanley's incorporation as a borough (Staffordshire towns) and in 1858 became Hanley's mayor in succession to John Ridgway (another very famous Staffordshire potter). He was a borough and county magistrate and later a deputy lieutenant. He was a director of the Staffordshire Potteries Waterworks Company and of the North Staffordshire Railway.

WB died in l873. A red marble obelisk in Hanley cemetery commemorates his life as a famous Staffordshire potter.

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