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Title: Serving plate
Identifier: C.31.68a
Donor: Stan Ashbury
Item Date: 1830-1840
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: Blue transfer-printed oval serving plate. Blue transfer-printed design on a white body on the face of the plate only; the back is white. Plate is oval and the rim is scalloped with a raised moulded design in white around the plate edge. The rim is decorated with blue printed floral and scroll border. In the centre of the plate is a printed Chinese water and landscape scene with pagoda-like buildings prominent in the centre ground. Marked on the base of the plate with an elaborate blue transfer print chinoiserie cartouche enclosing in script: "Canton Views Opaque China." The following stamp is impressed on the back of the plate: "6."

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.
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