Antique Flow Blue Luncheon Plate - Johnson Brothers England - Holland Pattern circa 1900-1915
Love is never lost. If not reciprocated it will flow back and soften and purify the heart. Washington Irving
One of the most successful English potteries, in business from 1890-2015, Johnson Brothers, specialized in exporting dishware to the American market. Unlike other English potteries who catered to English sensibilities, Johnson Brothers followed the buying trends and styles of American consumers, making them adept at understanding the serving needs of American households.
One of the most popular dishware styles exported to the United States was flow blue patterns. These were dishes with highly decorative patterns that were slightly burry, which was a deliberate choice made by manufacturers who added lime or ammonia during the glazing process. This extra treatment resulted in the bleeding or "flowing" of color as the blue and white mixed together.
This Johnson Brothers flow blue luncheon plate features the Blue Danube onion pattern in the flow blue style known as Holland. It was made between 1900-1915 in England and then shipped to America, where buyers appreciated this aesthetic much more so than those in England.
- Blue Danube pattern features onion bulbs, trees , flowers and a myriad of different styles of leaf designs
- Holland style denotes a scalloped edge adorned with a lacy style raised rim
- Luncheon size plate
- Stamped on back with maker's mark
This plate is in lovely shape especially considering it is over 100 years old. There were a few adventures throughout its life which has left some marks of history on both sides of the plate. creating a gorgeous aged patina. There is an old chip on the front (worn soft and smooth due to age) that measures just under 1/2" inch in length. And there is crazing and some light staining on both the front and back. Please see photos.
This plate measures 8.75" inches in diameter and weighs 12oz.
Flow blue patterns look especially gorgeous with bright dishes in simple styles.