This antique brown transferware platter, also called a chop plate, is 13.5 inches in diameter. It was made by Petrus Regout in Maastricht, Holland around 1879. Regout, shown in our last photo, began faience production in 1836; having to compete with British creamware, he turned to making china like this platter. The brown printed mark on the reverse was used circa 1879; by 1881 the mark included the word "Holland," which was required by British law for imports. The mark itself changed in 1899, when the pottery was renamed "De Sphinx."
The brown transfer pattern that stands out on the pure white china reflects the Aesthetic Movement theory of artistically arranged designs. Aestheticism encouraged a more random placement of motifs in opposition to rigid Victorian design principles. There was also a fascination with nature like the thistles on this platter. The pattern name is "Distel," which means "thistle" in Dutch.
In almost like-new condition, this platter or chop plate has only a few tiny spots of brown ink scattered during production. The rim has a couple of small nicks, which were also done during production, as they are glazed over. There are no chips, or cracks or discolorations. This platter stands 1 .5 inches high, weighs 2.75 pounds and is a beautiful addition to your hutch or china closet.