Antique Porte St. Louis Quebec views plate. Brown transfer earthenware pattern on a cream-coloured background, one of about 20 Quebec views derived from photographs and produced by Britannia Pottery Co., Glasgow with the Canadian importer’s name on the back: “F.T. Thomas, Quebec”. This plate features a central image of St. Louis Gate (Porte St. Louis), an historic gate in Old Quebec, part of the city’s original fortified walls dating back to approximately 1694. The Quebec views plates were created for the Canadian/Colonial market. Images around the border include an amalgamation of patriotic symbols such as: the rose (England), the thistle (Scotland), trefoil shamrock (Ireland) and the beaver/maple leaf (Canada). It is marked in English and French. Circa 1880’s.
Diameter: 9 1/2″ (24 cm)
Minor discolouration and fine crazing (primarily on the back). Minor variances in glaze during manufacturing commonly found on plates of this age. No chips or cracks.
About Quebec Views Plates*
The printing of the Quebec views was most often in brown (sometimes a slightly darker brown on the later products). The pattern was also offered in pink. On some of the twentieth-century examples the “dull rose” colour became a very pale pink. The views have also been reported in pale blue. Dinner, tea and toilet wares were all offered – everything from egg cups to toothbrush holders to teapots, cream jugs, and covered sugar bowls. In this, the Britannia teaware was akin to the same articles in Thomas Furnival & Sons “Maple” pattern. In all, almost 20 different views were used by the Britannia Pottery for their Quebec pattern.
*Source: Collard, Elizabeth (1983) The Potters’ View of Canada: Canadian Scenes on Nineteenth-century Earthenware, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston and Montreal
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