Subject:Re: Antique Stoneware Dishes
Posted By: Mon, May 28, 2012 IP: 184.108.40.206
These are not "flow blue," which was mostly mid to late 19th-century (and into 20th cent.) English stoneware dinnerware decorated with transfer-printed mostly darkish cobalt-blue images of landscapes, historical (or pseudo) sites/architecture and such images as bestiary-type animals. Called 'flow blue' because the then cheap stuff was fired at temperatures where the decoration ran (flowed) and blurred - but also could be blurred because the transfer-printing was hastily done. Made mainly for export to USA, not popular in England.
Your very recently made dinnerware pieces could be made Europe or North Africa or possibly Mexico, but where I don't know. The body is ferruginous earthenware, coated with slip or white glaze, with nondescript blue decoration probably transfer-printed. Surface glaze could have high lead content, do not use for liquid-bearing or acidic food.