|Description: One of four transfer printed soup plates. Each plate is marked on the underside of the rim with an elaborate rococo floral cartouche enclosing in script, 'Chinese Porcelain'. It has a blue transfer print design on a white body on the face of the plates and a white back. They are round and have scalloped rims with a raised moulded design in white around the edge. The rim of the plate is decorated with a blue printed floral border. The centre of the plate is a round blue printed Chinese water and landscape scene with boats, pagoda-like buildings, and lush vegetation.
Transfer ware pottery or porcelain is created by transferring a design, created on a copper plate, via transfer paper, onto a pottery or porcelain body. Transfer ware was first produced in the mid 1700s. Wedgwood produced transfer printed cream ware. Other factories such as Spode and Rodgers as well as smaller regional factories created transfer ware in blue (by far the most popular colour), brown, black, red, green, mulberry, purple and numerous shades and combinations thereof. They were considered utilitarian pieces. The decoration was easily and cheaply produced when compared with hand painted designs, and only one firing was needed. At the beginning of the 1800s Staffordshire potteries began using wide decorative borders to surround the central print. The central print could appear on the pieces from several different potteries, but unique borders created by each company were rarely copied. This is one method used to help identify unmarked pieces. REF: www.comfortablestyle.com/faqs.