This wonderful 10-1/4" dinner plate was designed by Wedgwood's Art Director Thomas Allen. It was one of the large "Ivanhoe" dinnerware series designed by him, and taken to the Paris Exhibition of 1878. The series is based on scenes and characters from the novel, "Ivanhoe", written by Sir Walter Scott in 1820.
The border includes six vignettes of Rebecca, Isaac, Rowena, Coeur de Lyon (King Richard), the Templar, and Wamba the Jester. The transfer border also includes rabbit, duck, fish, chicken, turkey, and partridge. The series is a good example of the English Aesthetic Movement.
This plate is in a lovely dark flowing blue. It is impressed "WEDGWOOD", and has an indecipherable date mark. The blue printed mark: IVANHOE Etruria England helps to date this plate after 1891.
The plate is in excellent condition. There are no chips, no cracks, no crazing and no repairs. There is fine crazing and some surface wear. It displays nicely.
For those of you who don't know the "Ivanhoe" story (like me, I had to look it up)...Lady Rowena is Sir Cedric's ward, and Wilfred of Ivanhoe is Sir Cedric's disinherited son, who is in love with Rowena.
I have 3 other plates in this series available in my shop.