Early Pratt Decorated Pearlware Childs Plate ~ My Sister c1820



Staffordshire or Northern Potteries, England ~ c. 1820

This early child's plate measures 6 inches in diameter with a delicate flower press moulded rim. Transfer printed in dark brown and embellished with hand painted (underglaze) wisps of Pratt enamel colors in green, yellow and blue on a creamy earthenware plate. The edge is outlined in brown, the plate finished with pearlware glaze. The naïve transfer depicts a girl holding a ladder and looking away in fright while her little brother climbs up to the roof of the house. The image is accompanied by a poem by Ann and Jane Taylor titled `My Sister':

When up the ladder I would go

How wrong it was I now well know

Who cried but held it fast below MY SISTER

Plates like this, depicting scenes of family life, were made in the Staffordshire and northern regions of England in the early to mid 19th century. It resembles the refined wares of Clews but it has no makers marks. Given as rewards of merit, they were used to assist in the education and moral training of young children. Similar images are featured on children's plates in Noel Riley's book Gifts for Good Children published by Richard Dennis.

The plate is in very good condition with no chips cracks or repairs. The ceramic and glaze edge is worn at 8 o'clock and 10 o'clock, with a fleabite at the latter edge. Light crazing on back. The plate is beautifully potted and the sentimental image of sibling love is an outstanding addition to any collection.

Offered as is, the little plate is a pocket size work of art and will be cherished by anyone lucky enough to have a beloved sibling.

Item ID: AA1704

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