West Pans Strawberry Plate

Circa 1765 - 1768




A West Pans relief moulded strawberry plate, decorated with a sea green overglaze enamel. The central reserve painted with a tulip, rose and sprigs of other flowers in a palette of red, puce, yellow and shades of green by the 'trembly rose painter', surrounded by a scrolled border of bianco-sopra-bianco.

At least two versions of the strawberry rim moulding were found at the Longton Hall factory site excavation in the form of glazed wasters, and whilst none have been un-earthed at the West Pans site as yet, it is believed that when William Littler made his move from Longton Hall to West Pans between 1760 and 1764 he would have taken various moulds with him. The potting of this plate, its palette, decoration and its weight all suggest West Pans rather than Longton Hall and it is wonderful that it is finally accepted that porcelain was manufactured near Edinburgh in Scotland during the 1760's.

An identical plate in a private collection is referenced in David Barker & Sam Cole's book - Digging For Early Porcelain - City Museum & Art Gallery Stoke on Trent - page 36 (text) & page 38 (photo)

 Two leaf shaped dishes with similar colouring and more interestingly the same detailed bianco-sopra-bianco were part of the 2008 loan exhibition of 18th Century West Pans porcelain from Scottish Collections which are illustrated in the accompanying book on page 26 - Out Of The Blue - 18th Century Scottish Porcelain - by the Museum of Edinburgh, Huntley House, Canongate, Edinburgh.

 Circa 1765 - 1768

 Excellent condition. Two small restored rim chips

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