Pearlware Punch Bowl Transfer Printed Oriental Shells Cornucopia Pattern c 1825
A large early 19th century, late Georgian period, decorative blue and white Chinoiserie transfer printed pearlware punch bowl which is slightly shanked and lobed. We so far have been unable to attribute this bowl to a maker however, it is similar to a number of manufacturers wares of the early 19th century circa 1825. It is most probably Staffordshire in origin.
The design on the bowl offered here has a large cornucopia shaped flower vase to the right with over-sized flowers and fruit with two long tailed birds in flight above it. In the foreground there are a number of ornate shells. In the background to the left is an oriental maritime or riverscape scene with a Chinese Junk or sailing vessel approaching an island with a number of pagodas, temples and other Chinese looking buildings. In the distance is another island again with more pagodas, Chinese buildings and palm trees. It is the area of the Chinese village scene differs from that of the Clews version, it is far more detailed and significantly more extensive.
Both sides of the rim have a deep loosely Chinese based border pattern with rococo scrolls and diaper panels, anthemion or shell motifs and large floral scrolls.
The internal pattern is a variation to the design of "Cornucopia of Flowers" as produced by Ralph and James Clews of Cobridge Staffordshire England (1814 -1834) The Transfer Ware Collectors Club given name to their pattern reference number 7292.
There are also some similarities to the TCC pattern 9567 "Oriental Shells" by Hicks Meigh and Johnson of the same period, as well as the following patterns, Chinese Fantasy #04 TCC 13995, "Oriental Vases" H & R Daniel or Dimmock TCC 10460, Oriental Beauties" #04 TCC 8745.
This Georgian period bowl is in fair antique condition. It has a couple of chips to the rim one with the part missing, each chip with an associated crack, A large chip to the inside for the footrim, some glaze crazing and some discolouration in the bottom of the bowl. All commensurate with age and use. Please see the images.
The bowl weighs 1.426 kilogrammes unpacked. It is 10 3/4 inches (27.2 cm) in diameter and 5 inches (12.7 cm) high with a footrim diameter of 6 1/8 inches ( 15.6 cm).
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Transferware Collectors Club database
9567 oriental shells Hicks Meigh and Johnson
7292 Cornucopia of Flowers Ralph and James Clews
Northern Ceramics Society Newsletter 157 March 2010 Hicks, Meigh and Johnson (HMJ) 1822-1835 – Named Underglaze Transfer Printed Earthenwares by Austin Wragg