Staffordshire Pearlware Meat Platter, Bear Hunt Pattern Spode Imitation
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Staffordshire Pearlware Meat Platter, Bear Hunt Pattern Spode Imitation

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This is an exquisitely well-made meat platter made by an unknown maker in circa 1820. It is made of light Pearlware pottery, and has the "Bear Hunt" pattern from Spode's "Indian Views" series. This platter is clearly a copy of the famous Spode platters (made only a few years after the original came out), but it is so well done that at first sight you can't see the difference. Blue on white decorations were done in East Asia for many centuries, and were made popular in the West by the Dutch Delftware potters in the 17th century. In circa 1800, the famous Spode factory in Staffordshire created a transfer printing process that could mass produce beautifully decorated blue and white wares, making this a very common and desired choice of tableware for the two centuries to come. Potters all-over Britain quickly started to make use of this new technology and copied the famous Spode patterns. These printed patterns varied widely in their quality, this platter is of superb quality in every aspect. The image is an exciting and fanciful depiction of a hunting scene: A bear is being hunted by dogs, men on horses and men on a huge elephant. The rim of the plate is adorned with pictures of tigers, lions, cranes and wild boars. The image is printed from a very beautiful etching; there is great depth and detail in the picture. It would take an etcher up to 9 months to make a high quality image like this, which could then be printed off about 30,000 times, so it would be a significant investment for a pottery to undertake the production of this meat platter! The image was based on Samuel Howitt's engravings from 'Indian Field Sports' published in 1807. Of course the pottery artists had never been in India and there was no internet to study what things looked like in India, so this plate ended up a curious mix of various exotic elements, looking nothing like the actual India or Indians! But of course you have to see these things in the context of their own time. The plate is marked with a beautiful underglaze blue mark that is from a mysterious, as of yet unknown maker. Condition report: The platter is in excellent condition; it only has some light crazing, which can be seen in some of the pictures. It also has some production faults in the glaze, which can also be seen in some of the pictures. These do not stand out. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. Kilns were fired on coal in the 1800s, and this meant that china from that period can have some firing specks from flying particles, and the glazing surface can be a little uneven in places. This is normal for antique items from the 19th century. This item was fired relatively smoothly but you will see a few minor imperfections. Please note that all items in my shop are of vintage or antique condition. They have often been used for many years and can have normal signs of wear. If they are from the 19th century, please note that items fired in coal-fired kilns nearly always have irregularities at the surface and/or specks under the glazing. I will reflect any damage, repairs or heavy wear in the item description but some minor scratches, nicks and stains can be normal for vintage items and need to be taken into account. There is widespread confusion on the internet about the difference between chips and nicks, or hairlines and cracks. I will reflect any damage as truthfully as I can, i.e. a nick is a tiny bit of damage smaller than 1 mm and a chip is something you can see with the eye, a hairline runs over the surface glazing but not the body of the item and a crack runs through the body of the item, usually weakening its structure. Etcetera, I try to be as accurate as I can. Dimensions: Base 43 x 33.3 cm (17" x 13").   

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  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
    Pearlware
  • Condition
  • Condition Details
    excellent condition without any damage, some light crazing and a few production marks in the glaze.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions
    H 2 in. x W 17 in. x D 13 in.H 5.08 cm x W 43.18 cm x D 33.02 cm
  • Seller Location
    London, GB
  • Seller Reference Number
    A-ANO25
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