This is a 1900's Bull Dog w/ (6) her Puppies 9 1/2" Portrait Plate by Taylor, Smith & Taylor. What a wonderful Dog Lovers Plate this is! Especially just right for the owner & lover of Bull Dogs.This plate measures 9 1/2" across and is so full of detail, it is hard to believe that it is transfer printed and not actually hand painted. The colors are vibrant and rich, the subject is a very adorable and a warm feeling one. It shows a scene of the Momma Bull Dog on top of her Dog House ( she needs a break from the puppies ) and her 6 little adorable and very active, playful puppies are down below lapping up milk in a dish, ( with big swollen little tummies ) running all around and one little puppy is looking up at his Mommy. We were told by a collector that this transfer scene is from a famous and the renowned Victorian Wildlife and Animal Artist by the name of RK Beck, who painted watercolors. This plate would date from the 1900's. We did not find an artist signature on the plate. His / Her paintings of Wildlife and Animals are depicted on many European and American Factory Plates. It is said that he / she once worked for the Buffalo Pottery Company. There are no problems, chips or repairs, other than a Factory firing crack near the center of the plate that does not show from the front and may just be a craze line on the back. One of the photo's is a close up view of this crazing or factory flaw. The back stamp is for Taylor, Smith & Taylor Co. of East Liverpool Ohio. They were known for semi-vitreous ware and used this mark from 1908-1915. And is marked "Miniature of Famous Painting" below the T S & T mark.