‘WASHINGTON PRESIDENT’ AND ‘THE GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES,’ RARE STAFFORDSHIRE DARK BLUE TRANSFER-PRINTED SOUP PLATE, ATTRIBUTED TO JOSHUA HEATH, HANLEY, (POSSIBLY JOHN HARRISON, STOKE), CIRCA 1790.Est. $4,000-$6,000
Sold: $4,800 ($4,000)
Printed in the center with a roundel portrait inscribed “WASHINGTON PRESIDENT” beside a version of the Great Seal of the United States, each surrounded by a spearhead and dumbbell border and within sprays of seaweed and a shell, the rim surrounded by a trellis diaper border edged with spearheads and dumbbells, impressed “3/ IH.” Diameter 9 ⅝ inches.
Provenance: Sloan’s, Washington, DC, October 18, 1997, lot 477.”The earliest known example of American historical blue Staffordshire.”
Literature: Illustrated in “The Magazine Antiques,” July 1981, p. 178; a plate is discussed and illustrated in David & Linda Arman, “Anglo-American Ceramics,” Part I, p. 201, W.24; and in Gaye Blake Roberts, ed., “True Blue: Transfer Printed Earthenware,” Cat. Ref. Case 35/5, p. 91 and p. 136, pl. 28.