A very interesting and beautifully decorated example of antique Liverpool tin glazed earthenware or English Delft-ware dating from around 1750. This small octagonal plate finely decorated in cobalt blue with a freely hand painted oriental garden with two cockerels. The design in the centre of the plate has a prunus tree, a hollow blue rock, the two cockerels and a fence post contained within a double ring and diamond diaper border. the rim of the plate is decorated with hand painted flowers, leaves and stems with an outer cross hatched border and a brown "Batavian" rim. The base has three concentric blue rings.
It dates to the mid eighteenth century during the reign of the King George II who reigned from 1727 until 1760.
The plate is 6 inches (15.3 cm) across the flats and and is 6 3/8 inches (16.2 cm) across the corners, it weighs 148 grammes unpacked.
It has a little damage: There are some chips to the corners and glaze chips to the rim which are typical for this type of pottery. There are some scratches to the front from some stacking or an item being sat on it. Despite this minor damage or imperfections it displays well and this is a most attractive item to add to a collection of blue and white hand painted Delftware or Liverpool tin glazed earthenware.
Free UK postage with this item, International postage at cost.
References: Another Liverpool Two Cockerels pattern tin-glazed plate was exhibited at and is illustrated in Made in Liverpool - Liverpool Pottery and Porcelain 1700-1850, Ed. E. Myra Brown and Terence A. Lockett, see exhibition catalogue entry 19 illustrated page 58.