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VICTORIAN AESTHETIC MOVEMENT PLATE, DEVONSHIRE Pattern, c.1884. WITH LARGE CRANE. DEVONSHIRE has an Anglo-Japanese deep brown transfer pattern with birds and daisies and is a multi-motif pattern. The plate is 10 inches in diameter. The center cartouches display a large crane with a fish in his mouth, as well as other birds and florA.
The marks on the bottom of the plate include the stamping of RIDGWAYS and DEVONSHIRE (the pattern name) as well as Rd. No. 2302 and a printed 21. The trademark quiver and bow are also printed. The pattern was first introduced in 1884. The condition is excellent. The design shows the Victorian love of nature and the exotic. The Japanesque and Aesthetic Movement influences include the asymmetric design, the decorative geometric border of sunflower motifs as well as central bird motifs. The central cartouches include a tall cartouche with an Aesthetic jardinière and flowers and two roundels, one with a crested heron and the other with a branch of plum blossom. The inner background consists of an overall pattern of tiny repeated floral design. The outer border consists of stylized, geometricized flowers and leaves.
This plate is part of a suite of serving pieces being listed separately. This includes two platters and a hard to find covered tureen in excellent condition.