Though the justifiably proud maker of the so-called "Shipping Series is unknown, the patte...
Though the justifiably proud maker of the so-called "Shipping Series is unknown, the pattern is well known and recognized as one of the most attractive designs of the medium blue era. Its consistent format consists of a detailed view of nautical vessels framed by a fantastic array of oversized seashells and seaweed--all executed in a clear, bright, watery blue.
This small platter features a view of a busy harbor guarded by ancient fortifications. A variety of types and sizes of boats carry out the business of the port. The scallops of the choppy sea provides a rhythmic counterpoint to the realistic depiction of the vessels.
|Dimensions:||Length 9 3/4 in.; width 6 3/4 in.|
Judging from the discussion of the series by Coysh and Henrywood in The Dictionary of Blue...
Judging from the discussion of the series by Coysh and Henrywood in The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery, 1780-1880, Volume I (pp. 334-337), the pattern appears to have been produced as a fairly extensive dinner service. Views include individual ship as well as more panoramic scenes of seabattles, shipwrecks, and--as we see here--calm harbors.