A rare and wonderful pictorial sporting plate titled, "Solo Whist - Misere" depicts a dejected gent sitting at a Solo Whist card table at the end of what was clearly a losing streak. The broad rim depicts village scenes of the English countryside. Made by Warwick Ware, England.
The comical scene was transfer printed and hand-tinted over 100 years ago. The plate was made as part of a sporting series. The artist's name, VICTOR VENNER is found at the lower left of the center picture. The plate is titled above, "Solo Whist" and below, "Misere".
The back is fully marked with the Warwick Castle logo and "WARWICK WARE - ENGLAND" and "Rd. No 516465. This dates the plate to about 1910.
Measures 10 1/2 inches in diameter. Condition is very good to excellent. There are no chips or cracks. Surface crazing and discoloration to cream background. The colors of the illustration and the lettering are beautifully clear and intact.
This plate is rarely available. The Warwick sporting plates are more commonly seen with comical tennis or golf scenes.
HISTORY: Solo Whist is an old plain-trick game with trumps and bidding. Solo Whist is mainly played in Britain, having been introduced from the low countries in the late nineteenth century. There are four players, each ultimately playing for themselves. Players generally settle up in money after each deal.