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Stunning Circa 1871 Antique Aesthetic Transferware Brown Polychrome Plate Geometric Medallions Sailboats
Brand Brownfield & Sons
Brownfield & Sons
Brown Polychrome Transferware Plate
Wisconsin pattern depicting sailboats on open waters 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, yellow and green which has been worn in areas. Beautiful piece!
Measures appx 9.5"
Condition: Heavy crazing, commensurate to age. Some inner wear to the rust/roangy frame around the ship as it is handpainted. No chips or cracks. Some of these plates have a backstamp as shown, others are numbered only. All are hand numbered on back.
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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