Used in the process of transfer printing onto ceramics, this rectangular copper plate is engraved on both sides with a version of the "Willow" pattern. The first step in the transfer printing process involved the creation of a copper plate engraved with a particular design. Ink was then applied to the surface of the plate, and a tissue paper like substance was pressed up against its surface. The tissue paper, carrying a copy of the design, was then removed from the plate and applied to a piece of pottery, thus transferring the design to the pottery’s surface. The design on one side of the copper plate is noticeably more worn compared with the other, suggesting that when one side became unuseable, the engraver created a new, but identical design on the reverse. This plate is also noteworthy due to the presence of several marks. The first, featuring the inscription “J.J. & Co. “ below a circular cartouche containing a lion holding a flag, is believed to be the mark of J. Jackson and Co., of the Holmes Pottery in Yorkshire, England. Two additional inscriptions, one reading "London / B & Co." and the other "L.S. & Co.," are possibly retailer marks.
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