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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 139, The Curtain Foundation Gallery

Suspension Bridges

Plate
1821 - 1840 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

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.

Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleSuspension Bridges (manufacturer's title)
Materials and techniques
Transfer-printed earthenware
Brief description
Plate 'Suspension Bridges', transfer-printed earthenware, Enoch Wood & Sons, Burslem, Staffordshire, ca. 1821 - 1840
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.
Dimensions
  • Whole height: 2.3cm
  • Whole diameter: 21.1cm
Marks and inscriptions
'SUSPENSION BRIDGES'
Credit line
Bequeathed by Robert Courtenay Stones
Summary
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.
Collection
Accession number
C.114-2012

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Record createdFebruary 1, 2013
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