|Description: Four matching blue transfer printed dinner plates. Marked on the underside of the rim is an elaborate rococo floral cartouche enclosing script 'Chinese Porcelain'. Each plate has 'Rodgers' stamp impressed on the back. On the face of the plate is a blue transfer print design. The backs are white and the plates are round. The rims are scalloped with a raised moulded design in white around the plate edge. The rim is decorated with a blue printed Chinese water and landscape scene with boats, pagoda-like buildings, and lush vegetation.
Made by 'Rodgers' Staffordshire, c 1830-1840. 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.