Antique pearlware plate with overglaze hand painted enameling on top of an underglaze brown printed outline of a romanticized rural scene (Photos 1 and 2). The transfer printing represents an early use of stippling combined with line engraving that is reminiscent of techniques used for printing on paper. The scene depicts a solitary man patiently sitting along a river bank with his fishing pool in hand. On the other side of the river are some very old masonry ruins probably representing a small abbey or church from the 400 years ago. The man is wearing a derby style hat, coat, breaches that end below his knee where they are tucked into white stockings folded back over top of them, and shoes that are likely buckled and not tied. The clothes befit a late 1700s or early 1800s time frame making the scene contemporaneous with the plate’s period of production.
The scene has other subtle details, such as the angle of the sun light coming from behind and just over the viewer’s left shoulder. Shadows fall along the right edges and sides of stone ruins and the man fishing on the river bank. The sun has only been up about 30 minutes and its newly raking rays tinge with yellow the tops of trees and green bushes. Twoointed prominences are evident far off in the distance but offer no further details to tell how rocky or tall they are given the new light of dawn. Ephemeral shades of fleeting pink and blue fill the sky as the sunrise begins to break and fade with the dawning of a new day.
The overglaze colors on this plate parallel shades typically grouped under Pratt ware colors, but Pratt-ware decoration is typically applied under the glaze whereas the hand painted coloring on the plate listed here is distinctly added over the glaze after it had been fired. For a full discussion of Prattware decoration, see John Lewis and Griselda Lewis’s ‘Pratt Ware: English and Scottish relief decorated and underglaze coloured earthenware 1780 to 1840' (published by the Antique Collectors’ Club; Second Edition, 2006).
The underglaze bright canary yellow color on this plate was fashionable starting in about 1790 and continuing forward for another four more decades. A few potteries produced creamwares and pearlwares entirely coated with canary yellow and embellished with either luster decoration, transfer printed patterns, hand painted floral motifs or a combination of treatments (see primary articles by J. Jefferson Miller II on ‘English yellow-glazed earthenware from the Eleanor and Jack L. Leon Collection; published in two parts in The Magazine Antiques, July and August, 1971).
Finally, this plate also has a bit of family history attached to its backside (see Photos 7 and 8). Hand written on a piece of an old paper label glued to the plate is the following information:
This plate came from
Gran Pa Lice side of house
Over 155 years when he dide (sp)
He gave to Sarah & Morris Lice
There is the date 1944 written out in the right hand margin indicating the year that this was recorded and/or the year that Granpa Lice died, although this would place the origin of plate at about 1789. But because this plate is pearlware (Photo 7), has eight large gently rounded lobes separated by rim notches or indents (see Photo 1 where four rim indents are visible), possesses a highly concave marly with pronounced inner raised well edge ridge (see Photo 4), and has a well defined double foot rim (see Photos 7 and 8), it was produced between 1805 and 1825, hence the cc. 1815 mid-date.
There are no factory marks or pottery names on this plate and so we do not know what British factory made have produced it. Davenport produced a series of riverside fisherman printed vignettes from about the same time period as this plate. And these Davenport transfer printed vignettes also display ruins of old stone buildings on the far side of the river, however none of the known Davenport Fisherman examples match this particular pattern. If any viewers knows the name of the pottery that produced this plate, please kindly email me what information you have and I’ll add it to this listing - - thanks, Doc.
So if you are looking for a nice, colorful antique pearlware plate from about 1815, then make sure you seriously consider this one while it is still available. And as always, this plate also comes with my Docs Antiques 100% satisfaction guarantee or you may return it using my return policy (see complete Return Policy details farther below). You also have the option to ask for a customized lay-away plan for purchasing this item (and others when combining orders) by simply requesting the terms you wish to use and then let Doc take care of setting it up and combining any items together as desired (payment installments may be modified at any time should the unexpected ever arise, just let me know by email and I’ll change the due dates).
SIZE & CONDITION: This plate measures about 9 5/8 inches across (maximum diameter) and stands about 3/4 inches tall at the rim. It weighs about 3/4 lbs (final shipping weight estimated between 2 and 2.5 lbs when well packed) and sits on a well formed double foot rim that has an inner diameter of about 5 9/16 inches. This plate is in very good condition with and no chips, hairlines, deep scratches, repairs or restoration. The over the glaze enameling is more than 99.5% intact and the only evidence of being some 200 years old are a couple of tiny patches of light toning on the marly between about 1 and 3 o’clock that is not very visible (see Photos 1, 4 and 9). Of course, if the buyer is not completely satisfied, then she/he may return this plate for a refund (see our complete return policy for all details as stated below).
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