Antique Child's Pearlware ABC Plate with Motto - Early 19th C Staffordshire Transferware Pottery - Children's Dishes - Transfer Ware

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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