A set of four Wedgewood Queensware plates in the Edme shape. These plates are decorated with an updated, hand-colored version of the "Liverpool Birds" pattern from the early 19th century.
The Edme shape was introduced in 1909 and the plates are marked "Etruria, England" rather than "Made in England", which puts them at around that date. Unfortunately, I can't make out the date marks, as all four are blurred. There's also another stamp, which may be the "Exporte d'Angleterre", which would make sense as Edme was originally offered only in the French market, produced exclusively for a French decorating firm.
The pattern is a more realistic, less stylized version of the older pattern, with the bird at the rear in the old pattern brought around to the front and turned the other way. The main pheasant, facing to the right remains unchanged, as do the two flying birds. Other details have been altered and the entire pattern has been realistically highlighted in enamel.
The plates are 9" in diameter, which is a size Wedgwood cataloged as a "Sweet Plate" as late as the late 50's.
Condition: all four plates are crazed, as is to be expected from Queen's Ware of this era. One plate has a very small (less than 0.125") chip to the backside of the rim, which cannot be see. Most importantly, there are no utensil marks on the surface of these plates. They have never been used.
Marked on the back as described above. The hand-painted pattern code is "e4591".
Price is for the set of four.
Item ID: 1964