|Title:||Satsuma china dinner setting|
|Description:||Satsuma china ware|
|Origin:||Bought from estate auction of Anglican bishop of Colombo Sri Lanka.|
|Provenance:||Acquired by Bishop's wife for luncheon with Queen Mother Mary.|
|Appraised By:||Leslie Haltbakk|
|Appraiser Comments:||The B G & W mark indicates this set ws made by Bates, Gildea & Walker of Burslem in Staffordshire, England between 1878-81
On the diamond registration mark, we find it reads IV - ceramics. 27 - day of month, Y - year 1879, A - Month December. 13 is a bundle number. so the piece shown was made on December 27, 1879.
English Transferware was widely manufactured during the 18th and 19th centuries, particularly in the Staffordshire area. Originally English potters produced designes based on Oriental motifs found on Chinese export porcelain during the early 1800's. As time went by, these patterns became more westernized. The process of mfg involves thin tissue paper printed with the pattern being transferred to the pottery prior to firing.
English Transferware from this period is very desirable. It is normal to find single pieces, unusual to find a set. Your set is multicolor (or polychrome) which is a plus.
This assumes all pieces are in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, crazing or wear. With pieces of this age and quality, some damage detracts less than with newer items, but does have an effect. There is a wide range in valuation, because replacement price is the top value and fair market value can vary widely depending upon the venue you would sell this in.
providing provenance, original written documentation of the set's history, will definitely increase the value over my valuation. The Tureen is the most valuable piece.
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