Pair Early Staffordshire Blue Willow Soup Plates

Pair of Staffordshire Early Blue Willow Crown Mark Soup Plates ,9 3/4" dia x 1 7/16"h, c. 1810-1830 .

Round indented edge shape. Standard blue willow pattern with 3 men on a 3 arch bridge.

Impressed crown mark on the backs. The glaze contains bluing & is distinctly dimpled or rippled. As notes by Coysh: "Early glazes show a rippled surface & are blue in colour. This colour can be seen very clearly if a plate or dish has a foot rim. By about 1830, however, most glazes were smooth & colourless", p.7-8, A.W. Coysh Blue & White Transfer Ware 1780-1840 .

The standard willow pattern in achieved no earlier than about 1810. The indented edge shape is also abandoned by the 1830's. T are 3 sets of triple kiln stilt marks on the backs.

The crown mark is the same as that used on the Crown Acorn & Oak Leaf Border Series, a series of English & Scottish views by an unknown maker similar to the series issued by Ralph Stevenson. The impressed crown is shown in a photo on p.98 of Coysh & Henrywood's Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880. They note that comparisons of marked & unmarked distinctivly shaped comports may give the clue that the maker is John Meir of Tunstall, c. 1812-1836. This pair are of the high quality characteristic of earthenware of the era. Lite
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