Powell Bishop and Stonier produced the LONDON series in the 1870s. The Crystal Palace was considered one of the Great Wonders of London at that time.
The Crystal Palace shown on a platter is extremely rare. The design is in dark & medium brown colors. This platter parallels the transferware produced as souvenirs of the "Grand Tour" in Victorian times. The Crystal Palace appears within multiple geometric borders, with Iris & cherry blossoms, passion flower vine and ferns framing the rectangle cartouche showing the Palace. The asymmetry and the birds and blossoms also reflect the Japanese influences.
The platter is 16 inches x 13 inches. It is in very good condition, with a small chip on left hand side, hardly noticeable from top. There are also tiny nicks from an earlier platter holder. The platter in this design remains a rarity with substantial significance for design history for that time. Wallis Gimson was the maker of this platter. The mark on the bottom of the platter includes a hanging banner with the LONDON pattern name as well as P.B. & S for Powell Bishop & Stonier.