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Antique Large Cambrian Pottery Pearlware Platter Blue & White Transferware Swansea Long Bridge pattern circa 1800 52 cm long 40.7 cm wide 2.31 kg


Antique Cambrian Pottery pearlware blue and white transferware meat plate platter Ashet printed Long Bridge Pattern circa 1800 52 cm wideClick the image to enlarge
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Antique Large Cambrian Pottery Pearlware Platter Blue & White Transferware Swansea Long Bridge pattern circa 1800 52 cm long 40.7 cm wide 2.31 kg


A rare, very large (20.5 inches or 52 cm wide ) highly collectable and attractive example of under glaze blue and white transfer printed pottery dating from Georgian period around 1800. This meat plate, platter or ashet has a blue tinted glaze pearlware body and is printed with the Long Bridge pattern, sometimes erroneously referred to as "Swansea Willow pattern". It is a very good quality item with a fine body and very crisp printing.

The Long Bridge pattern was made by several makers including Leeds Pottery but, this example is from the Cambrian Pottery at Swansea, probably made in the days of the John Coles, Haynes and Dillwyn & Co. partnership. The Cambrian pottery operated from Swansea, Glamorganshire Wales, and this platter dates from the period 1790 - 1810, during the reign of George III. The engraving for the copper-plates may have been the work of Thomas Rothwell who was an engraver at the Cambrian Pottery. This plate is pearlware and printed in Royal blue with charming crisply executed line engraving with the usual border pattern with scrolls either side of the key motif and inner border with distinctive central flower and leaf scrolls either side. This exceptionally large printed platter has the space to fit an unusual figurine of a lantern carrier in the foreground. 

There are no maker's marks. The plate measures 20 1/2 inches (52 cm) by 16 inches (40.7 cm) wide, stands 1 3/4 inches ( 4.4 cm) high and weighs 2.309 kilograms unpacked. It is in excellent antique condition with just a glazed over chip to the front of the rim from manufacture it happened after printing but before firing, some glaze crazing and associated minor discolouration, particularly on the back. 

This is a beautiful and very large excellent example of Welsh Swansea blue and white transferware of the latter part of the 18th century to the early 19th century. A great item for display or use.

References

This pattern is illustrated in "The Pottery and Porcelain of Swansea and Nantgarw" by E. Morton Nance p.51 plate XII,XIII).

This design and specimen wares are illustrated in Swansea Blue and White Pottery by P D Bryce and S H Williams.

Transfer Ware Collectors Club Database Pattern number 17.


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