A Plate, John & Richard Riley, Burslem, Staffordshire, circa 1820

This Riley earthenware dinner plate is printed in a bright blue version of the well-known Willow pattern.

The printed underglaze blue belt-type mark reads ‘RILEY’S Semi China’.

Condition: Very Good – no chips, cracks or restoration. The print is clear and well-applied. The glaze is finely crazed, typical of early printed earthenwares, and there are some tiny impurities and pinholes in the surface, caused in the manufacture.

There are three, three-pointed stilt marks equally spaced on the underside edge.

Dimensions: Diameter 25 cm

Spode’s Willow Pattern & other designs after the Chinese, Robert Copeland (Studio Vista / Christie’s, 1980).

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