A Leeds Pottery Plate, Yorkshire, circa 1820

This Leeds Pottery plate is printed with the pattern Scene After Claude Lorraine, in a soft shade of underglaze blue. The central scene depicts classical, castellated ruins on a wooded hillside. A waterfall empties into a lake or river on which two figures are boating. In the foreground, a gentleman rests upon his stick, whilst two goats rear up against one another. On the opposite bank, a fellow can be seen fishing. Figures cross a bridge in the near distance, and houses, the shoreline and hills extend beyond. The border depicts a number of English country scenes, including thatched dwellings, a stately home with deer park, ruins, a church with its spire, a bridge, and a farmer holding a pitchfork and smoking a pipe, surrounded by his animals.

Impressed LEEDS POTTERY mark.

There are three, three-pointed stilt marks equally spaced on the underside edge, and three single spurs on the front. These marks show how the plates were stacked in the kiln during firing.

Condition: Very Good – no damage or restoration, just typical crazing to the glaze, and a little discolouration to the rim.

Dimensions: Diameter 24 cm 

The Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880, Volume I, A.W. Coysh & R.K. Henrywood (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1995).