Antique Transferware Decorative Plate

Clews, Winter Views Of Pittsfield Massachusetts (Pittsfield Elm)


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True to its name, this decorative plate is genuine in its New England history and its appeal to any collector of New England, Staffordshire ceramics, or antique decorative plates. The ribbed decorative dinnerware plate features the town of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, in a period landscape of the early 19th century. The main structure found in the center in the medallion landscape of the plate and the rim oval landscape scene is a view of the First Congressional Chruch, the building on the right is the Town Hall, and the building is located to the furthest left.

According to historical documents, the fence built-in 1820 was built to keep people away from the elm tree, also located center; however, the tree was stuck with lighting during an electrical storm and cut in 1861. The reverse of this plate features several stamps and impressions that designate the maker and manufacturer of this piece as well as the theme. The top mark states “Clews, Winter View of Pittsfield Mass,” with an Eagle head and body with an American Federal period style shield noted center.

The bottom impressed mark seal, also located on the reverse of the plate, features a royal crown center surrounded with the impressed inscription Clews, Warranted Staffordshire. Designating by an official seal that the plate is a genuine Clews and that it is also genuine Staffordshire porcelain and pottery. This plate is estimated to have been made between 1820-1836. The designation of this plate is relevant as historic Staffordshire or transfer dinnerware originated in Staffordshire England in the 18th century, and the founders of Clews, Ralph, and James Clews, were at the forefront of English Staffordshire Transferware and American historical Staffordshire.

As the name implies, Historical Staffordshire is often a decorative object such as a plate, platter, or dish that is printed using the transferware process with themes of American history and American historical events. The transferware technique involves applying an image drawing into and transferring from a copper plate to paper. That image is then is transferred again to the ceramic body of the decorative object. It is often produced on earthenware and also on ironstone, porcelain, pottery, and bone china.


This plate measures 8.75 inches in diameter.


As this plate is recognized as having been produced in the early 19th century, it is in an overall acceptable condition consistent with the age of the piece. It has surface scuffs and scratches, edge fritting to the pottery and surface, and areas of staining and discoloration, namely located in the reverse of the plate in the soft white hue.
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