Antique Rathbone Ironstone Dessert Plate Transfer Printed and Hand Coloured Pekin Gaudy Willow Pattern number 1 circa 1840 21.9 cm diameter
A very decorative and collectable antique Rathbone ironstone dessert plate dating from around 1840 - the early Victorian period. The plate has a transfer printed pattern in black and this has been partially hand coloured in enamels. Some collectors refer to this as Gaudy Willow.
There are no maker's marks to identify a maker just a hand painted No. 1 and and a+ painters mark. However this pattern is recorded as being made by the Rathbones of Tunstall, Staffordshire England, who operated from 1835 until 1843. Please see the Northern Ceramics Society newsletter number 200 April 2021, page 26 for the excellent article by Ian Harvey on Rathbone Earthenware and the Pekin Pattern.