An exceptionally wonderful example of this well-known and highly collected historical Staffordshire scene, with the added bonus of being in the very rare form of a shaped tray. This piece is 10" in length and 5 3/4" in width,with the impressed Clews mark on the reverse. The condition is superb, with deep rich color, high clarity, sparkling glaze, and no chips, cracks, scratches, or restoration. It is as fine an example as one could hope for.
The full title of the scene is "Landing of Gen. Lafayette at Castle Garden New York 16 August, 1824", and was produced for the American market to commemorate the return of one of America’s most cherished heroes of the Revolutionary War. At the invitation of the US government Lafayette went on a year long tour of the new and burgeoning nation and was met, wherever he went, with extensive and heartfelt welcomes.
Note: For an example of a plate with this scene, see item #p1130 on this site.