Scarce Pearlware Polychrome Transfer Printed Plate Staffordshire , England c.1830
THE PRIDE OF THE VILLAGE
This stunning child's christening plate is circa 1830. The scalloped rim plate measures 5 3/4" in diameter, with a press moulded daisy border (featuring 112 daisies). It is transfer printed in dark brown, embellished with hand clobbering with enamel wash in green, yellow and orange red and the rim is hand outlined in green. The plate was impeccably potted.
The central image is a portrait of beautiful girl holding a basket of flowers and dressed in her Sunday best. The image is titled "The Pride of the Village". The plate is almost certainly a depiction of the short story of the same name, written by Washington Irving in 1820 as a part of his volume "The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon" (which included "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow".) Irving was an American author who moved to Europe and wrote some of his best works while living in England. The plate is an absolutely stunning portrayal of a child of the countryside of early Victorian England.
The plate dates to about 1830 and although unmarked, appears to have been made in the Staffordshire potting region of England. The quality of the decoration and detailing is outstanding, and the coloring and decoration is particularly desirable. Plates like this were made as christening presents or gifts for good children given as rewards of merit and to aid in their moral education and schooling.
The plate is in great condition, with no chips, cracks, stains, or repairs. The plate is a delightful example of of the English potters' folk art, and great addition to any collection of early children's wares. A perfect gift for the collector of childhood imagery and literary themes.