High Temperature fired stoneware with a salt-glaze.... "White Salt-Glaze Stoneware has a distinctive white or pale creamy appearance caused by the ground flint which is added to the clay body before firing. The glaze has a distinctive ‘orange peel’ texture. Pieces are often very finely potted and feel extremely light in weight."
‘Collecting China.' C. Donaldson. Collins Gem. 1997.
Staffordshire Salt-Glazed Stoneware Agate Ware Figure of a Woman, 1740-50, wearing a bonnet, with marbled body, dress and hair, occasional cobalt blue splashes, white face and neck, 4½“.
Factory slip repair to back
Property of the Late Charles J. Lomax, sold Sotheby’s, London, May 3rd 1940, Lot: 73. (illus).
Troy D. Chappell Collection
Another very similar model – The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 56-376. Also a similar smaller model – The Burnap Collection of English Pottery, Ross E. Taggart, 1967, illus, no. 299.
Staffordshire Salt-Glazed Stoneware Teapot and Cover, c.1760, polychrome enamel decorated with lovers and a flutist, 4”. Minor stress cracks, chip to cover.
Collection of Dr. Day. Sotheby’s, London. (Earle Collection, Catalogue, No. 92A.)
The Property of Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lowy, sold, Sotheby's, London, lot 95, 2.5.1972.
Rare Salt-Glazed Stoneware Transfer Printed Plate, 1756-60, Liverpool, the octagonal shape with press molded border, applied with a central image of the Aesop’s fable ‘Goat in the Well’ in puce with floral bouquets in red and gray, 9½“.
This plate was formerly from the Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Lowy collection and sold, Sotheby's, London, May 2nd 1972, Lot: 107, and more recently part of the Troy D. Chappell Collection.
Illustrated - Ceramics in America - 2001, Chipstone Foundation. pg. 203. Fig. 30. British Pottery. An Ilustrated Guide. Geoffrey A. Godden. 1974. pg. 86. Pl. 102.
An almost identical plate using the same applied transfers to this was formerly part of the T. Murray Ragg Collection, sold Sotheby's, London, 1954 and subsequently in the same sale rooms, 1964. Also illustrated in The Connoisseur, June 1958. pg. 40, fig. 3., and The Antique Collector, June 1963, pg. 121, fig. 1.
A plate from the same series, 'The Dog and Sheep', is illustrated and discussed in an article - English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Vol. 22, 2011, Transfer Printing in Italy and England, by John V. G. Mallett. pg, 93. In this the author attributes the engraving on stylistic grounds to Jefferyes Hamett O’Neal, who worked mostly for the Chelsea porcelain works between 1752-1758. The author carries on top suggest that the plates were likely to have been made in Staffordshire as blanks and subsequently decorated perhaps in Birmingham or Liverpool. In which case the decoration could have been carried out by Janssen and Brooks prior to their bankruptcy in 1756. This plate was sold, Sotheby's, London, July 21st 1964, Lot: 4, together with another plate with the 'Fox and Goat' design but with slightly different floral prints in the same sale, Lot: 3.
The present example and the two others referenced are the only three known examples of three color printing.
Update... December 2016.
Following further research, it now becomes clear that there is at least one other ‘Goat in the Well’ plate in existence. This has recently come to light in the collection of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, where it was acquired in 1938/39, having formerly been in the Mr. W. Sanders Fiske Collection. This plate was illustrated in ‘English Pottery’ by Bernard Rackham & Herbert Read, 1924, Pl. XCI, fig, 164.
Still at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, there is also another triple color decorated plate from the same series, this time illustrating ‘The Dog and the Sheep’. This plate came into the collection in 1960 and does not appear to have ever been illustrated before or since. A known version of this plate is mentioned above and was formerly in the collection of T. Murray Ragg, Sold Sotheby’s, London, March 23rd, 1954, Lot: 96; Sold in the same rooms, Sotheby’s, London, July 21st, 1964, Lot: 4; Exhibited at the English Ceramic Circle Exhibition, 1948, Catalogue pl. 23, No: 108: Illustrated in The Connoisseur, June, 1958, pg. 40, fig. 2: Illustrated English Ceramic Circle Transactions, Vol. 22, 2001, ‘Transfer Printing in Italy and England’, J. V. V. Mallet, pg. 93, fig. 10. (Collection of Jonathan Gray.)
This now makes five salt-glazed stoneware plates using three colors for on-glaze transfer printed decoration, three ‘The Fox and the Goat’ and two 'The Dog and the Sheep’.
Staffordshire Salt Glazed Teapot and Cover, c.1760, polychrome enameled with a hawk on a rock, 4” high. Minor chip inside neck.
Staffordshire Salt-Glazed Stoneware Teapot and a Cover, c.1760, with crab stock handle and spout, polychrome enameled with oriental figures in a landscape, 4 ¼”. Restoration to inner flange of cover, crack to base stabilized, cover matched.