This is a 9" porcelain plate by W. H. Grindley, featuring a blue transfer-work rendition of "The Hay Wain" by British artist, John Constable. It is part of Grindley's china series called "Scenes After Constable" in which he is inspired by works of the famous artist. The plate has scalloped edges trimmed with an embossed motif of braid and trefoils which enclose a stencil or transfer-art border of rich flowers in blue. The central scene depicts a horse-drawn wagon (or "wain") fording a river which flows by a handsome house, as a man on the opposite bank stops to let his horse drink from the stream.
The plate is marked "The Hay Wain After Constable" below the picture. On the back it is stamped with one of Grindley's sailing ship marks and a longhand inscription, "Scenes after Constable". The maker's mark, in blue, is a tall ship in a square frame with Grindley and England underneath. This dates the plate between 1936 -1954. There are no chips, cracks, scratches or crazing; it is in excellent condition. This would make a beautiful cabinet plate.
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