English Blue and White Woods Ware Pitcher - Cows and Cabbage Roses Transferware
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This lovely transferware pitcher was made by Wood and Sons in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, in the 1930's. The earthenware body is very slightly off-white, not the stark white of later pieces. The blue transfers, an identical one on each side, depict a charming rural scene, with cows and thatched roof houses in the foreground and a church with a tall steeple in the background. Both the upper rim and the handle are trimmed with cabbage roses, fully in bloom with their foliage. The details are crisp on this piece; since these transfers were engraved on copper and then used over and over, they eventually became worn, losing some of their definition before they were re-engraved (for example, when the cows began looking like sheep).
Descendants of the famed potter Enoch Wood starting marking their earthenware "Wood and Sons" about 1907. They introduced this pattern called "English Scenery" with the mark shown in our photo around 1917. The blue printed urn mark on the bottom of this pitcher, designed by Frederick Rhead, does not include the words " "DETERGENT PROOF", "COLOURS UNDER THE GLAZE", "RESISTANT TO ACID AND ALKALI" and others that were added in the 1960's when the pattern was reintroduced. There are no other marks, either printed or impressed.
This pretty round footed jug stands 5 1/4 inches tall, measures 7 inches from spout to handle and sits on a 3 1/2 inch diameter base. It weighs 1 1/4 pounds and is in excellent, super clean condition, with only a bit of shelf wear on the bottom foot ring. There were approximately 180 scenes drawn for this series; this is the first one we've had with cows. It's a wonderful find for the collector of blue and white, Staffordshire, and/or English Scenery pottery.