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Plate

Plate

  • Place of origin:

    Stoke-on-Trent (made)

  • Date:

    1850-1864 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Close & Co. (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware, transfer-printed in black enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Transferred from the Museum of Practical Geology, Jermyn Street

  • Museum number:

    2561-1901

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125b, case 2

Object Type
This plate comes from a service specifically for fish, or from a larger service in which each set of plates was decorated with the food appropriate for a particular course. This is a comparatively inexpensive plate in earthenware, decorated by transfer-printing only, with no hand-colouring.

Design & Designing
This plate recalls the characteristic design used for char-pots, containers used for serving potted char (a Lake District trout), which were made of English delftware, pearlware or creamware and had the image of a fish modelled on the lid. Although this plate is from a comparatively little-known factory, the quality of print is sharp and accurate and the fish is clearly identifiable as a herring. The print was presumably taken from one of the many anthologies of natural history published during the mid- and late 19th century.

Time
Close & Co. of Church Street, Stoke-on-Trent, was apparently in operation for only a short period , from around 1855 to around 1864 or 1869. The owner was John Theophilus Close, who is also recorded as at Brook Street and High Street. Many 19th-century factories were short-lived as markets and fortunes fluctuated, and the names of many makers have been lost.

Physical description

Plate of earthenware, transfer-printed in black enamel with a fish in the middle and a border of roses and scrolls round the rim.

Place of Origin

Stoke-on-Trent (made)

Date

1850-1864 (made)

Artist/maker

Close & Co. (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware, transfer-printed in black enamel

Marks and inscriptions

'Close & Co. Late Wm Adams & Sons Stoke-upon-Trent'
Impressed

'S'
Painted in black

Dimensions

Height: 3.3 cm, Diameter: 23 cm

Object history note

Manufactured by Close & Co., Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Jermyn Street Collection.

Descriptive line

Plate of earthenware, transfer-printed in black enamel with an image of fish, Close & Co., Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, 1850-1864

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Plates, dishes and tureens were often decorated with images of fish and game. The designs of wild birds and fish were very popular and illustrated the kinds of foods they presented on the dishes. [27/03/2003]
Plate
Made by Close & Co., Stoke-on-Trent, 1855-64
Mark: "CLOSE & CO LATE W M ADAMS & SONS STOKE UPON TRENT", impressed
Lead-glazed earthenware

C.2561-1901 Jermyn Street Collection [23/05/2008]

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Transfer-printed

Subjects depicted

Fish; Scrolls

Categories

Ceramics; Food vessels & Tableware; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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