RARE 19th Century Transferware Cheese Dish,circa1845

A magnificent mid 19th century covered cheese dish in classic blue and white transferware from the English Staffordshire District.Superb early form and designs of classical antiquity in a medium shade of blue."Arcadian Chariots"pattern name,probably by T.and J.Mayer or Ridgways.

A very rare piece that dates to the early Victorian era,generally to an era before such cheese dishes were necessities on the English table.Fine white Staffordshire eathenware lid and underplate,with gorgeous blue transfers depicting a Roman or Greek soldier riding a chariot drawn by one black and one white horse.Surrounding scene with lush vegetation,palatial buildings and a temple.Both pieces have lively twisting ivy borders and accenting diamond chains in darker blue.Marked well on the underplate with a twisted floral medallion bearing the words "Arcadian Chariots".Measurements are 8 1/2 X 6 7/8 inches on the underplate and the piece stands about 4 1/2 inches high.Aside from several spots of toning on the plate underside and general slight yellowing to the plate,the piece is in astoundingly fine condition,without chips,cracks or hairlines.

A true rarity in transferware and a piece of very early origin in the history of cheese dishes.A fine specimen of Staffordshire pottery that would grace any collection or table setting indeed.English,
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