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Plate - Suspension Bridges

Suspension Bridges

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Burslem (made)

  • Date:

    1821 - 1840 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Enoch Wood & Sons (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Transfer-printed earthenware

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Robert Courtenay Stones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 31, shelf 7

This plate dates from the 1820s or 1830s when Staffordshire potters were first experimenting with combining underglaze colours (underglaze green was introduced in 1821, underglaze red in 1817). The factory of Enoch Wood & Sons produced fine quality colour printed wares which were more costly to make as they required more firings. The wide variety and combination of patterns available catered to popular trends. English achievement and patriotism was celebrated in a series of views of England, the Railways or as on this plate 'SUSPENSION BRIDGES' (printed on the reverse). Entire dinner services could be ordered with different central views on each piece.

Physical description

Pearlware plate, transfer-printed in underglaze green and red with a view of a suspension bridge. Mark printed on reverse 'SUSPENSION BRIDGES' within a motif of the subject.

Place of Origin

Burslem (made)


1821 - 1840 (made)


Enoch Wood & Sons (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Transfer-printed earthenware

Marks and inscriptions



Height: 2.3 cm whole, Diameter: 21.1 cm whole

Descriptive line

Plate 'Suspension Bridges', transfer-printed earthenware, Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, Staffordshire, ca. 1821 - 1840






Ceramics; Creamware & Pearlware


Ceramics Collection

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