Vintage English Ironstone Platter, with beautiful scene in the center of a bucolic view of Canterbury Castle, the most ancient in Britain, begun by William the Conqueror around 1070. The keep was largely constructed in the reign of Henry I (1100 - 1135) as one of three Royal castles in Kent. By the late 1300's it had been overshadowed by the bigger fortifications at Dover and became a prison - by the seventeenth century it was already ruined.
Made by Johnson Brothers, of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, England, the castle is portrayed in lush English landscape, with cattle, sheep and horses. A farmer's wife is milking a cow in the fields. Beautiful decorative border in that luscious color of pink, burgundy and red wih flowers and floral garlands, the scalloped edge lends a graceful touch. Not as old as the others in the collection, but of a great size, and can be the focal point of any collection of ironstone and transfer pieces, as well as serve a turkey or ham. Exceptional detail, made in England, not in China like these later were. Most likely from the late 1900's, around 1980's, marked Johnson Bros Made in England, Dishwasher, Freezer and Microwave safe. Measures 13-3/4" x 11-1/4". Marked