VERY RARE A J Wilkinson Rural Scenes Brown Transferware Platter w/ Silver Overlay Mother Children Cottage
Brand AJ Wilkinson
- LARGE RARE RURAL SCENES ROUND PLATTER
- EXTREMELY RARE SILVER OVERLAY!
- For consideration is this piece by A J Wilkinson / Royal Staffordshire in the Rural Scenes pattern.
- It is one of the prettiest patterns ever produced on transferware.
- The scene depicts a rural English village with thatched roof cottages and a small stream running through it. There is a young lady gathering water from the stream and a Mother and young child just leaving one of the cottages. The border in this pattern is one of may favorites, combining a unique blend of lattice and ivy framing insets of farm implements...rake-hoe-shovel and a beeskeep. Each piece in this series has a different design so check my other listings as I've got more in this pattern. There is a silver overlay design around the inner rim/wall of the piece and around the scene itself. The glaze has a greenish hue. These are VERY RARE and hard to find! They are a wonderful, wonderful addition to any transferware collector, but especially to those of you who collect this pattern. I seldom come across the pieces with the silver overlay.
Condition is wonderful. No chips, cracks or repairs. Very little crazing.
Marked: as shown and very uniquely each stilt mark (small spots on the bottom of pieces which held the piece while it was being fired) has a decorative silver mark over it. My guess is this was the artist's unique mark who did the overlay work for some pieces. I've sold pieces of the silver overlay set before but not seen any marks like this until I came into possession of this particular piece.
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A.J. Wilkinson (Arthur J. Wilkinson, Royal Staffordshire Pottery) was a pottery or potbank at Newport in Burslem, owned by the Shorter family since 1894. A sprawling complex of bottle ovens, kilns and production shops, it lay beside the Trent and Mersey Canal, the artery which provided it with coal and the raw materials for earthenware. In its heyday it employed 400 manual workers.
The pottery had formerly been operated in turn by Hopkin & Vernon, Hulme & Booth, Thomas Hulme, Burgess & Leigh, and Richard Alcock, who enlarged the works extensively. On Alcock's death in 1881, the owners became Wilkinson & Hulme and in 1885 to Arthur J. Wilkinson.
The works at first produced earthenware for the home market, but later operations concentrated on white graniteware for the United States. Wilkinson introduced gold lustre on graniteware so was one of the first to introduce this overlay type pottery with metals. In about 1896 A. J. Wilkinson took over the Royal Staffordshire Pottery in Burslem.
The pottery was managed by Colley Shorter, an affluent Victorian and his brother Guy. Colley, whose full name was Arthur Colley Austin Shorter (1882-1963). He moved in exclusive circles and had a taste for antiques and fine furnishings. His second wife was the famed ceramic designer Clarice Cliff.
In 1920 Business had expanded so much, that the firm of A.J. Wilkinson was able to take over another neighbouring pottery which came to be known as the Newport Pottery Co.
In 1964 The factory was sold to Midwinter.