Staffordshire F & R Pratt 'The Hop Queen' Malachite Marbled Border Plate 1851 Prattware Pratt ware.
A superb dessert plate manufactured by the Staffordshire pottery of Felix and Richard Pratt and featuring the sought after and highly collectable Malachite marbled border. Introduced for the Great Exhibition of 1851 this plate features a colour print titled 'The Hop Queen', after an original painting by W.F. Witherington R.A. originally titled 'The Crown of Hops'. Heightened in gilt and with a gilt rim it is one of a small series of very high quality pieces featuring well know works of art, at the time, whose production is regarded as the apex of the factories production in terms of quality and colour reproduction. A stand out addition to any collection of this factory or fine Victorian pottery. Please see the other plate I have listed from this series.
Size: 9. 3/8" diameter Weight: 20oz or 600g. Condition: Very good - No sign of chips, cracks or restoration - overall fine crazing which is quite common for this type of ware but which is very difficult to see from the front. Note any light areas on the photographs are reflections from the camera flash. Will be shipped very well packed. Please study all photographs and as ever I am happy to send more and answer any questions you may have.
Literature: illustrated in the excellent book "Pot Lids and other coloured printed Staffordshire wares" by K. V. Mortimer - published by The Antique Collectors Club.