Antique J & G Meakin Platter with Handpainted Gold Designs and Embossed Edge circa 1890
'Their aim was to sell reliable, serviceable and good looking pottery to the peoples of the Americas, the Dominions and the Colonies and their factory in Hanley was planned and organised accordingly.' Bernard Hollowood on the history of J & G Meakin Pottery
If there was ever a success story about a pottery that lasted its entire length of time in business it would be the J & G Meakin Pottery of England. Started in 1851 by two brothers, James and George, in the popular pottery hub of Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent, J & G Meakin was a success from day one. Credited with having a keen understanding of both the English market and the American market, the brothers securely positioned themselves in the export business by setting up a US office, studying the needs and desires of American consumers, and making dishware back in England that would appeal to their across the pond customers. For 100 years they produced dishware that of high quality and pretty design. They treated their employees well. They gave back to their English community. And they successfully navigated a century's worth of sustainable business practices.
In 1885 James passed away leaving his brother to run the pottery for a handful of years before he too, passed away in 1891. This platter was made in 1890, that slim wedge of time between both brothers' deaths marking an important transition within the company as James & George's sons took over.
Featuring beautiful lace-like embossing and handpainted gold designs, this beauty of a platter is big enough to accommodate a turkey, whole lobsters, and large cuts of beef, fish, or pork among numerous other types of food. Classic in its gold and white palette, it easily matches other mix-and-match vintage and antique dishware, and when not in use, looks stunning on display thanks to its shiny glaze and reflective gold paint.
- Classic white and gold
_ Large size
- Stamped on the back with maker's mark
In gorgeous antique condition. There are no chips, cracks, staining or crazing. The gold edging has faint rub marks in some spots along the scalloped edge, but this is very mild. Overall the gold detailing is in wonderful shape.
Measures 15.75" inches (length x 12"inches (width) and weighs 2.9lbs.
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