Plate, Fell & Co., c.1840


This plate, transfer printed in blue with the Wild Rose pattern, was manufactured by the Newcastle-upon-Tyne firm of Fell & Co.

The Wild Rose pattern, named for the floral border design, was particularly popular between the 1830s and 1850s. The scene depicting Nuneham Courtenay, five miles east of Oxford, is based on an engraving by W. Cooke, after a drawing by S. Owen published in 1811. The print shows Nuneham Park house on the left, seat of Earl Harcourt. Nuneham Courtenay was one of the most celebrated of Eighteenth-Century English gardens, not least of all as it was designed by Capability Brown.

Thomas Fell began producing wares at the St. Peter's Pottery, Newcastle, c.1817. Wares were first marked 'Fell & Co.' in around 1830.

The base bears the impressed 'FELL & Co' mark above an anchor, along with a blue printer's tally mark.

Condition: Good - no chips, cracks or restoration. The printed decoration is good. There is some typical minor glaze crazing visible on the reverse.

Dimensions: Diameter 9 3/8" (23.8cm)

A.W. Coysh & R.K. Henrywood, The Dictionary of Blue & White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Volume I (Antique Collectors' Club, 2001).


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