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Wonderful Black Transfer Printed Copeland Plate The Monkey & The Fisherman
This is a most unusual black transferware plate. It features a monkey caught in a Fisherman's Net. On the left of the plate is a large flower. This is one of a series of plates illustrating Aesop's fables. This plate has the words in Olde English Ye Monkey & Ye Nets. In the fable a Monkey perched upon a lofty tree saw some Fishermen casting their nets into a river, and narrowly watched their proceedings. The Fishermen after a while gave up fishing, and on going home to dinner left their nets upon the bank. The Monkey, who is the most imitative of animals, descended from the treetop and endeavored to do as they had done. Having handled the net, he threw it into the river, but became tangled in the meshes and drowned. With his last breath he said to himself, "I am rightly served; for what business had I who had never handled a net to try and catch fish?" The plate measures 9" in diameter. The plate is marked with several marks on the bottom. There is a round printed mark with a landscape. There is an impressed COPELAND with a B and a 2. This mark is shown to be 1850-67. Then there is an English registry mark for the pattern giving a date of March 12, 1879. There is some is a mis-connect in that the pattern is registered after the date of the impressed mark. This could mean that the blank was make previous to the plate being transfer printed. However, this plate dates to the second half of the 19th century. This plate is free of chips or cracks.
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Judith McAllister, Greenville, TX
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