We offer an exceptional American Historical Staffordshire serving platter in the Virginia pattern made by James and Ralph Clews. The flow mulberry/black transfer platter has beaded scalloped edging with a rich wreath of leaves and flowers around the rim and cavetto. The piece de la resistance is its central reserve depicting passengers in a sailboat lazily floating down the river while viewing a threesome of people at river's edge. The Greco-Roman building at the right is most certainly an allusion to Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. It's easy, peaceful, irenic nostalgia lures the viewer to dream back to this simple place and time.
The back stamp shows the transferred pattern name, Virginia. Though it does not have the traditional Clews impressed mark, sufficient comparable pieces with this mark confirm that this platter is a Clews item. In fact, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City houses a very comparably shaped platter and decorating scheme, though in a different pattern.
The condition is excellent without damage. While Staffordshire ceramics are readily available, it is most unusual to find one of American interest, this one celebrating Virginia and one of its favorite sons.
17 3/4" wide