This is a beautiful vintage oval ironstone serving platter from Myott Staffordshire England in the Finlandia pattern. It features stylized florals with a swirled and scalloped raised rim. Nice glossy glaze on this piece. This piece is in good condition with no chips or cracks. There are minimal utensil marks. It measures just over 12” long x 9 3/4” wide x 1 1/8” high. This is a lovely blue and white serving piece!
Ashley Myott, who’s family originated in Switzerland, was soon partnered in business by his brother Sydney Myott as demand for Myott ware rapidly increased. The brothers then moved to a purpose built five-oven factory – the Brownfield’s Works in Cobridge, north of Stoke-on-Trent – extending their works to the adjacent Upper Hanley pottery in 1925 to form collectively the Alexander Potteries.
After the expansion of 1925, the company began producing an extensive range of hand-painted Art Deco wares. That change of direction may have been as a result of the success of competitor firms in the Potteries, England, who were employing such world-famous designers as Clarice Cliff and Susie Cooper. Success must have been virtually instant judging by the vast numbers of such pieces surviving today. Particularly noted for production of Art Deco vases, jugs and wall pockets, pieces in brighter colours are highly sought after. Orange and brown were the dominant colours used for decoration. In fact a very limited palette was incorporated into the designs – a trick used by artists of the period. Or maybe it was a case of colour availability or perhaps stability as many of the pieces suffer from paint flaking and glaze crazing which reduces value considerably. Blue and red are infrequent decoration colours and can increase the worth of a piece simply by their prescence. However collectors may have to suffer imperfect examples of some of the rarer shapes and patterns as availability of some of the pieces can be extremely limited today.
In 1949 the company moved to the larger Crane Street Pottery, Hanley and in 1969 were bought out by Interpace an American corporation based in Parsippany, New Jersey, who were at the time the largest manufacturer of tableware in the USA. The Myott name was retained and in 1976 the company merged with Alfred Meakin Ltd, who were based in Tunstall, to form Myott-Meakin Ltd. In 1989 the name Myott-Meakin (Staffordshire) Ltd. was adopted as a result of an acquisition by Melton Modes. In June 1991 the company was ‘swallowed’ by the Churchill Group of potteries.
From – myottcollectorsclub.com/
Full Disclosure: As you can see by the photographs there is a bit of browning on the face and back, less so on the rim.