This delightful colored printed English Prattware Pot Lid measures 5" diameter in the frame. The actual ceramic lid measures 3". The scene is not named, but depicts storybook figure bears. Five bears in an outdoor school. The teacher bear is reprimanding a student bear. Two other bear students are studying while Mama Bear is overlooking the whole situation. One bear is holding a sign with addition written on it. An ABC chart has fallen on the ground. In the teacher"s pocket is a rolled book "Reading Made Easy". Also, a Dunce hat is on the ground. The lid is in its original ebonized turn wood frame with two circular hangers attached on the backside. The lid is in really good condition for its age. No scratches, chips, or cracks.
Colored pictorial English Pot Lids are charming collectibles. Between 1850 to early 1900's a variety of products were sold in ceramic pots or jars including bear grease, cosmetics, toothpaste, hair creams, etc. These multicolored Pot Lids were created by Felix Pratt ( 1813-1894) of the F. & R. Pratt Co. The Pot Lids are transferware printed painted in vivid colors and finish in high gloss glaze. They are a form of art by talented engravers of the late 1800's. The scenes capture wonderful moments of Victoriana enjoyed for their detailed beauty and history. It became popular to mount them in circular frames for protection and use as decorative items