This wonderful motto plate celebrates the 'busy bee,' and like so many of these early Staffordshire children's plates, offers a moral lesson about industriousness as well as a natural history lesson, about bees in this case. A little honey goes a long way here to help all these lessons go down... lol
This piece is unsigned, but unmistakably from one of the early Staffordshire potteries. It has colored clobbering over the underlying black transfer, generally not the neatest way to apply color, but one which offers an opportunity for idiosyncratic, individual expression as in this example. The pearlware glaze pools blue on this piece, both back and front if you look carefully.
The charming text reads:
How doth the the little busy bee
Improve each shining hour
And gather honey all the day
From every opening flower
How Skillfully she builds her cell
How neat she spreads the wax
And labors hard to store it well
With the sweet food she makes
CONDITION is excellent with no aftermarket problems save for some minor crazing which is to be expected. There are a couple of what look like kiln adhesions on the dark green dress, these are a manufacturing events and original to the piece. 1830's - 1840's.
A lovely little plate to add to a collection or start one, these sweet children's motto plates make a charming display. Enjoy!
Item ID: RL-954
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