I purchased two ivory porcelain plates at a church bazaar. I instantly recognized the extensive crazing, and the numerous glaze defects. I suspected that I was looking at antique Chinoiserie Transferware. The plates are 8 1/4" in diameter. They have hand painted blossoms and insects over blue transferware. There is an ornate innerbsnd. The entire scene on the plates has extensive gilt accents.
But there are two confusing issues:
1. The plates are unmarked EXCEPT for the number "1276" which is written in tiny gold numbers the back of one of the plates.
2. There was an old gummy sticker, yellowed with age stuck on the back of one of the plates. On it was the word, "Rockingham."
I can find nothing like this in my books or on the Internet. I also consulted two dealer friends. The only thing they could say was that they were possibly mid-nineteenth Century, and they are definitely Transferware (which I knew).
I'm hoping someone can help me figure this out. They are such beautiful plates. But thestory of their origin baffles me.
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