COPELAND AESTHETIC BLUE & WHITE TRANSFERWARE WITH CRANES, c. 1878.
This transferware design features palm or bamboo trees on a small island, with cranes or herons with fish in its beak. A butterfly hovers near the rim. The blue transfer on white is less common than the creamware with polychrome transfer. The design is open and flowing and does not compete with food served upon it. The pattern is numbered D9875. The pattern is multimotif, with different arrangements of the key elements, depending on plate or bowl in the service. Although I have never seen a pattern name on plate or platter, but I have seen an 1880s’ retailer advertisement, where the pattern was listed as STORK. (I have almost a full service available in this pattern, in creamware with polychrome.)
The markings are impressed COPELAND in a semi circle, with a "B" underneath and a “F" over an impressed mark, 78, the date of manufacture. The pattern was introduced in the 1870s and manufacture continued into the 1920s. The platter is 17’ in length and approx. 14” in width. Condition is very good with no cracks, chips. $175.00