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Re: Transferware ID for old family china
The Aesthetic Movement/Anglo-Japanese character of the applied ornament indicates a manufacturing date after 1870. Japanese arts and manufactured goods imported to Great Britian after the "opening" of Japan by Commodore Perry in 1853 led to the inclusion of motifs such as the fan and casual sprays of floral elements in Aesthetic Movement design reforms. The absence of a border on pottery pieces is another outgrowth of Japanese design - which had not been seen in the West prior to 1853.
If produced after 1891, the absence of any "Made in" markings would suggest the pieces were made in the US. All imported pottery/China had to be marked with the country of origin under US law from that year. So, there is a window of several decades when they might have been imported without marks. Aesthetic Movement designs remained popular into the early 20th century. These pieces are definitely not from the 1780s.
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