This is a most unusual black transferware plate. It has a net full of large fish with small fish swimming around. On the left of the plate is a large water lily and lily pat. This is one of a series of plates illustrating Aesop fables. This plate has no words, but I would say it illustrates the fable of the Fisherman & His Nets. In the fable a Fisherman, engaged in his calling, made a very successful cast and captured a great haul of fish. He managed by a skillful handling of his net to retain all the large fish and to draw them to the shore; but he could not prevent the smaller fish from falling back through the meshes of the net into the sea. The plate measures 9" in diameter. The plate is marked with several marks on the bottom. There is an impressed COPELAND with a B and a 2. This mark is shown to be 1850-67. Then there is an English registry mark for the pattern giving a date of January 28, 1879. There is some is a mis-connect in that the pattern is registered after the date of the impressed mark. This could mean that the blank was make previous to the plate being transfer printed. However, this plate dates to the second half of the 19th century. This plate is without chips or cracks. I will be listing other plates of this series. They would be great for grouping in decorating a wall.
Item ID: 1737-2
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