ACP 1501 English arcaded plate (1820-1840)
Ceramic: Staffordshire or Yorkshire, England
Print: Henry Thomas Alken (England, 1785-1851)
Earthenware (pearlware), lead glaze, cobalt (underglaze)
Diameter: 8 1/16"
Private collection; treatment performed at Winterthur Museum
In an attempt to imitate the exquisite blue and white wares increasingly imported from China since the late 16th century, England and other European countries eventually began manufacturing mass-produced imitations for a growing middle-class market. Transfer-printing, where tissue was printed from a copperplate etching with an ink containing metal oxides, then transferred to a biscuit fired ceramic, was a popular method of decorating such wares. Floral motifs, and historical, landscape, and sporting scenes were among popular prints and patterns.
This plate belongs to a private client, who inherited it from a relative, who had it repaired at some point in the past. This previous repair has since aged and become unstable, making the plate unsafe to handle and detracts from the aesthetic appearance. In order to restore its physical integrity I disassembled, cleaned, and removed the disfigured repairs during my second year of studies. This year during my third year at Winterthur, I reassembled the dish and restored and unpainted losses, restoring the aesthetic appearance and adding to many years of enjoyment for its owner.