Antique Historical Dark Blue Transfer Printed

Very Large Staffordshire Platter

A Rare Pattern

"Lafayette at Washington's Tomb"

Thomas Mayer, Stoke-upon-Trent c. 1826-1829

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DESCRIPTION

This very large Staffordshire Historical Dark Blue Transfer Printed Platter is 19" across by 15" wide and 2" high.  The rim is  2-1/4" wide.  A beautiful deep dark blue with large flowers and foliage decoration and a nautical scene in the distance and Lafayette seated, holding a book and gazing at Washington's Tomb.

A very rare pattern entitled 'Lafayette at Washington's Tomb' it was made by Thomas Mayer, Stoke-upon-Trent, Staffordshire England circa 1826-1829.

N. Hudson Moore in his book 'The Old China Book' from 1903 wrote about his first discovering this early and very rare pattern remarking on the fact that it is near identical to the well known Enoch Wood design of 'Lafayette at Franklin's Tomb'.  Besides the obvious difference of WASHINGTON versus FRANKLIN inscription on the tomb, the patterns are strikingly similar. 

Mayer's transfer design has a slightly different floral design than Wood's, but all the other elements are present, the seated figure of General Lafayette, the setting sun, the temple and ship in the distance are all similar.  N. Hudson Moore also states that the 'Lafayette at Washington's Tomb' pattern are typically unmarked except for the sugar bowls.  Thomas Mayer produced this design between 1826 and 1829. 

This is a beautiful deep dark blue transferware printed pattern and one of the most rare antique HISTORICAL BLUE Stafforshire items that can be found.  Teapots, plates, sugar bowls and other smaller items in this pattern, while quite costly, can be found.  Platters with 'Lafayette at Washington's Tomb' are near impossible to come across, and this one is probably the largest that was ever produced.

A smaller platter 16" x 13" in this pattern 'LaFayette At Washington's Tomb' sold at a Skinner Auction  in Boston, 2 years ago, for $2460.00 (Sale 2961B - Lot 440).

Our platter measures 19" x 15" and it is indeed an absolute beauty, incredibly large and a real SHOW STOPPER !    

There are no visible signs of damage, no utensil marks, no chips, no cracks no hairlines.  The platter has a wonderful deep resonant ring when struck which is only possible when there is no damage, no cracks or hairlines. There are two tiny glaze pops on the front, and of course expected light underglaze crazing visible on the back.  A small impressed mark on the back that is not readable.

The back of the platter has a faint yellowish tinge.  We put an ultraviolet light on the back of the platter and it does fluoresce, so we assume it had some type of professional restoration in it's past 180+ years, but still there is no visible sign of any repair.

There is a very faint large handwritten notation on the reverse of the platter which is under the glaze, barely visible, it reads LaFayette Washington.

Size:  19" across x 15" wide and 2" high

The glaze is beautiful and glossy and catches the light in our images

The glaze is beautiful and glossy and catches the light in our images

There is a very faint large handwritten notation on the reverse of the platter which is under the glaze,

barely visible, it reads  Lafayette  Washington













Expected light underglaze crazing visible on the reverse



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