WATER WORKS, PHILADELPHIA (IN CENTRE SQUARE): ACORN AND OAK LEAF BORDER SERIES,’ STAFFORDSHIRE DARK BLUE TRANSFER-PRINTED PLATE, RALPH STEVENSON & WILLIAMS, COBRIDGE, 1825-27.
Printed title and numeral “6” or “9” in underglaze-blue. Diameter 10 ⅛ inches.
Provenance: “The Hambidge Collection of Early American Glass & Historical Staffordshire,” Part I, Collector’s Sales & Services, Middletown, Rhode Island, February 19, 2000, lot 13.The source of this view is a drawing by John James Barralet. Erected in 1800, Centre Square is one of five squares designated for public use on William Penn’s symmetrical grid plan of the city, and lies equidistant from the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers.