Posted by Andrew J Pye on December 28, 2017, 1:12 pm, in reply to "SYRIA"
Hi Seamus |
Having personally recommended this website as the best place to find an answer to your query, I feel obliged to answer it as it appears you will otherwise go wanting!
First of all, to be clear, you are working with a brown printed repaired platter in the National Museum of Ireland right? That platter has a backstamp of an anchor encircled with flora and the word Syria beneath. The image link you provided was to a blue platter in the same pattern in the National Museums Scotland collections, which is marked for Robert Cochran & Co.
Let's start with the design, which is a generic romantic landscape scene, created after the Copyright Act 1842 made copying of published engravings illegal, so this is a scene created specifically as a pottery pattern. It is not a real place, although elements may have been inspired by one or more "real" engravings. It also has little if anything to do with Syria the country and it was simply the name it was given.
The pattern is believed to be been introduced at the Verreville Pottery, Glasgow about 1845 by the Kidston partnership, which was succeeded shortly after by the Cochran partnerships, which continued to make Syria. It probably had a life from 1845 to 1880ish? Its roots seem to be firmly in Scotland.
However, it is found with a printed backstamp for F Primavesi & Sons, Swansea and London, who were importers and wholesalers and this may point us in the direction of Wales? Well, one brown printed plate is known marked with an anchor and foliage and that has been attributed to the Llanelly or South Wales Pottery, so perhaps that was the source of the platter in the National Museum of Wales? Llanelly was producing from 1840 onwards and date of manufacture is still likely to fall within the 1845 to 1880 window, so rather earlier than Edwardian.
Anchor and foliage is not a backstamp I have come across personally used at the Verreville Pottery or Lanelly for that matter. Middlesbrough Pottery did use a backstamp that matches that description, but without clear images of the various backstamps we are wandering into a world of pure imagination and conjecture, so let's stick with the Llanelly attribution!
Trust that is of some help.
Andrew J Pye
Lovers of Blue & White