A very fine example of an uncommon shape of dish, in an uncommon pattern. Caughley dessert services typically included two of these heart-shaped dishes. They were outnumbered by the more conventional shapes. The painted Weir pattern, itself, is uncommon. Most of these plates were marked with the impressed "Salopian" mark, but some had different marks, and squiggles, such as the example on this plate.
The design is an interesting and elaborate one. The plate features a difference in water level, between the right-hand side of the plate, bounded by the fence, and the left-hand side, upon which the fisherman is standing, holding what might be a line, or a pole. There are what appears to be areas of Marshland in the foreground. Behind is a large pagoda and various trees and in the distance, two further, similar structures.
In apparently almost perfect antique condition. No chips (apart from a small example on the right hand upper side of the dish, when viewed from underneath-but which also appears to be underglaze), cracks or hairlines. There do seem to be some tiny patches of what might be minor rim repairs when viewed under UV light-but this is not clear, as there are areas of discolouration, as shown in the photos, which similarly flare slightly. On balance, we do not think the plate has been repaired. If it has, the repairs were done extremely expertly. We believe that most modern restoration materials do not flare. Most old repairs discolour.
27 cm wide
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