Circular plate with notched rim and inset footring; transfer-printed in black and painted in overglaze enamel colors with three large floral sprays on the rim and a central Chinese scene of flowering trees and a blue scholar's rock.
On the underside is the transfer-printed mark "SPODE/ STONE CHINA" in a pseudo Chinese frame, and the pattern number 2148 hand-painted in red. This pattern is known today as the Willis pattern.
The pattern is based on Chinese export porcelain decorated in famille rose enamels that dates to between about 1750 and 1770.
The plate is made of "stone china," which is a strong, dense ceramic body whose glassy body and grayish glaze was designed to imitate Chinese porcelain. It was developed by potters in Staffordshire, England, around 1800, and continued in use throughout the nineteenth century.
The plate was made at the Spode Factory, which was one of the leading ceramics factories of Staffordshire, England. Spode began producing stone china in the early 1810s, with many of the patterns copying Chinese export porcelain.
|Year Range from||1820|
|Year Range to||1835|
|Place of Origin||Made at the Spode Factory, Staffordshire, England|
|Collection||The Reeves Center|