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Richard Winterton to Auction Blue and White

Residents of Lichfield and visitors alike will be all too familiar with this iconic view of the ‘Ladies of the Vale’.


It is actually a blue transfer design on one of a pair of ceramic oval meat platters dating from c.1825. Made in Staffordshire and stamped ‘Tams Semi China’ they are titled on the back using a‘t’ in the town name. Not much has changed in the 180 years since these were made. Figure scan be seen in the foreground on Minster Walk observing a rowing boat on Minster Pool. The abundance of heavy foliage and buildings in The Close are a close resemblance to the view today. Borders of trees frame the whole view.

Blue and white transfer printed wares were produced in vast quantities in the early nineteenth century and the famous ‘willow pattern’ makes a regular appearance in the salerooms. After the Napoleonic Wars a large export trade was established to North America and as such American views were produced. Local scenes of significance such as this are a rarity and this view is unrecorded in authoritive works on the subject. The pair are expected to generate interest from international blue and white collectors when they come up for auction at Richard Winterton’s Lichfield Fine Art Sale on 16th July.

Lichfield Saleroom, Brookhay Lane, Hilliards Cross, Lichfield, Staffordshire, WS13 8RF United Kingdom

Tel 01543 251081

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