MITCHELL & FREEMAN CHINA AND GLASS WAREHOUSE, CHATHAM STREET, BOSTON,’ STAFFORDSHIRE DARK BLUE TRANSFER-PRINTED PLATE, WILLIAM ADAMS, STOKE, 1827-31.

Est. $400-$600

Sold: $540 ($450)

Impressed factory mark and printed title in underglaze-blue. Diameter 10 ΒΌ inches.

Provenance: Garth’s Auctions, Delaware, Ohio, March 20, 1998, lot 314.Nathan Mitchell Jr. was a partner in the firm of Winslow, Hooper & Co. China and Glass Dealers, located at nos. 1 & 2 Parkman’s Buildings, Bray’s Wharf, Boston. After the partnership was dissolved, Mitchell and Watson Freeman formed a new partnership. By 1825 they were established at 67 Broad Street, where they suffered a devastating loss from a massive fire. Eventually they relocated to 12 Chatham Street. This large four-story building was profitaby situated close to the Boston docks. The pair commissioned an engraving of the store, asking William Adams of Stoke-upon-Trent to produce a design to be printed on pottery. A few years later and in financial trouble, Mitchell and Freeman sold their stock at an assignee sale on their Chatham Street premises.In the category of American historical views, this is the only one to depict an importer’s facility. Both the ‘Mitchell & Freeman China and Glass Warehouse’ and the ‘Eagle, Scroll in Beak’ patterns were the only dark blue American historical views produced by William Adams.