Black Staffordshire Pearlware Miniature Toddy Plate
VOYAGERS ~ SWANS & CHERUB
Staffordshire, England c. 1840
This early transferware toddy plate was originally made for a child, possibly as part of an early child's tea service or an early miniature dinner set. The plate measures just 4 3/4" in diameter, with a scalloped rim. The plate is transfer printed in black, finished with a pearlware glaze. It is decorated with a cherub hitching a ride in the water with a pair of swans.
According to the Transferware Collectors Club database, the pattern name “Voyagers” signifies the voyage through life taken by faithful and loving couples. Swans mate for life and are a symbols of love and fidelity. The cherub is likely cupid as much a guide as fellow traveller on life’s journey. A romantic sentiment illustrated beautifully.
The plate has no makers mark and no other indication of the maker, though it was most likely made in the Staffordshire region of England. The pattern is illustrated on page 23 in Lorraine Punchard’s book “200 Years of Playtime Pottery & Porcelain”.
The plate is in great condition with no cracks chips or repairs. Stilt marks on the outside wall and other typical minor firing imperfections original to the making. A tad of patina on the back side only, consistent with prior use. This beautiful pattern is finely detailed and filled with love and devotion. A perfect gift for a wedding or anniversary or for any collector of early miniature transferware and swans.