Rare Pearlware Transfer Printed Plate
ORNITHOLOGY ~ BIRD AND BUG
Staffordshire England c.1810
This stunning plate measures 6 1/8" in diameter, with a press molded flower vine border. It has a cobalt blue transfer print, embellished with hand clobbering with high temperature enamel Pratt colors of blue, green, yellow and red against a creamy earthen ware background with an iron red painted rim and pearlware glaze. The central image is an oriental bird chasing an insect, surrounded by flowers and fruit. A perfectly charming and lush naturalistic image from pre-Victorian England.
The plate dates to about 1810-1820 made by an unknown maker in Staffordshire England. The plate is unmarked except for a tally mark. The quality of the Prattware decoration and detailing is outstanding, and the coloring and decoration is particularly desirable. Plates like this were made as love tokens and trifles to show affection or courtship, and sometimes were given 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, repairs. Slight wear to the rim consistent with age. The plate is a delightful example of the English potters' folk art, and great addition to any collection of early children's wares. A perfect love token for a birthday or a wedding anniversary.
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