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Everyone knows Wedgwood, but often overlooked is one of my favorite English china makers, Johnson Brothers. And this platter is in one of my favorite, romantic English patterns: Castle on the Lake.

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Johnson Brothers, England:
“Castle on the Lake”
12-inch Vintage Red/Pink Platter

A gorgeous vintage platter from Johnson Brothers in a richly colored red (pink) pattern on an ivory (cream) body, called “Castle on the Lake” (see replacements.com item 45409). This pattern was made from 1939 to 1970, and I think this is an older piece, since there is no reference to dish washer or detergent on its mark.

The platter measures 12-1/8 inches wide across the gadroon (rope or braided) rim and 9.5 inches wide at the center. It is in very good condition, with no chips, cracks, or crazing. There are light utensil marks (visible when held to the light at an angle), and one speck in the glaze, which appears to be original to manufacture (see closeup photo with red arrow).

The platter is marked “Castle on the Lake / Johnson Bros. / England / Pat. No. 118580 / All decoration under the glaze / Permanent & acid resisting colors.”

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