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Wonderful Black Transfer Printed Copeland Plate Frogs Asking for A King
This is a most unusual black transferware plate. It features a large Stork with a frog in his mouth. 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 Kyng Stork & Ye Frogs. In the fable the Frogs were all at liberty in the Lakes, and grown quite weary of living without Government, they petition'd Jupiter for a King, to the end that there might be some Distinction of good and Evil, by certain equitable Rules and Methods of Reward and Punishment. Jupiter, that knew the Vanity of their Hearts, threw them down a Log for their Governor; which upon the first Dash, frighted the whole Mobile of them into the Mud for the very fear on't. This Panick Terror kept them in Awe for a while, till in good time one Frog, bolder than the rest, put up his Head, and look'd about him, to see how Squares went with their New King. Upon this, he calls his Fellow-Subjects together, opens the Truth of the Case, and nothing would serve them then, but riding a-top of him; insomuch that the Dread they were in before, is now turn'd into Insolence and Tumult. This King, they said, was too tame for them, and Jupiter must needs be entreated to send `em another: He did so; but Authors are divided upon it, whether `twas a Stork or a Serpent; though whether of the two soever it was, he left them neither Liberty nor Property, but made a Prey of his Subjects. Such was their Condition, in fine, that they sent Mercury to Jupiter yet once again for another King, whose Answer was this: They that will not be contented when they are well, must be patient when things are amiss with them; and People had better rest where they are, than go farther and fare worse. 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. I have a second plate with no round mark, but the same registry number. The plate is free of chips or cracks. I will be listing other plates of this series. They would be great for grouping in decorating a wall.
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Judith McAllister, Greenville, TX
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