Highly collectible Blue and White Staffordshire Transferware Tea Cup or Bowl. Beautiful decorative piece, the outside features a grand estate or castle surrounded by water and lush gardens. The center of the bowl features another view of the castle and bridges. Around the rim on the inside, a garland of berried ivy dances merrily in a circle.
This is a classic scenic pattern produced during the early 1800's. This heirloom piece has the usual production "misses" and glazing effects one expects to see of the early transfer pieces. The traditional tea bowl was wide to let the aroma develop, and small because tea was such an expensive luxury. A sterling addition to your collection of 1800's transfer ware, it is unmarked as so many of these early pieces were.