Some of the most interesting and decorative ceramics have come from the Royal Doulton factory, especially in the early- to- mid-20th century. This plate is one such example.
Its colors are just beautiful. The palette of greens is luscious. They have a slight blue to their tint, which blends in wonderfully with the blue sky. The spaniel is standing in watch in the middle of the rolling green hills and foliage. The painting of this dog is beautifully done, showing the fur and the facial features. It is a brown and white with spots and moderately long ears. Not being totally familiar with all the breeds used in hunting, I think it may be either a Brittany or a Welsh Springer spaniel.
The artist has painted an endearing portrait of a popular breed of dog. Because it is so artistically done, it would look well anywhere that a touch of color and charm is needed in your home.
The condition is excellent, only showing some very minor surface wear which would be typical of a plate of this age and type. It has been given at the factory a thick glaze that has obviously protected it for some 80 years or so. In fact, on the reverse you can see where the tongs held onto the ceramic dish so that it could be dipped into the glaze.
The plate is shallow and the artist has painted a very narrow black border around the narrow rim of the plate.
There were many cabinet plates in this series, although finding one in excellent condition is always a challenge. It is stamped on the back with the Royal Doulton mark for c. 1930 onwards (see “Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks,” page 213: Standard printed mark #1344). It also has an impressed mark and a written script in black identifying the series.
Given such a traditional subject matter, there wouldn’t be any place in your home that wouldn’t be enlivened by this beautiful plate. It’s the type of piece that would have fit in perfectly in the home of the main characters in James Herriot’s “All Creatures Great and Small.”
This is a large size cabinet plate measuring 10-3/8” in diameter.
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