Child's Pearlware Alphabet Plate
LOUIS WAIN ~ CATS
COME INTO THE GARDEN, MAUD
Charles Allerton Potteries
19th Century ~ Staffordshire England
This is wonderful early child's transferware plate with a blue tinged pearlware glaze. The plate dates to around 1890. It measures a large 7 3/4 inches in diameter with a dark blue, nearly flow blue transfer printing and an alphabet border. The amusing central image is distinctly Louis Wain (1860-1939) style, featuring a trio of whimsically dressed cats and a parrot upon a perch. The plate is a tribute to Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem, " Come into the Garden, Maud ".
Plates with descriptive images like this were made in the 19th century to be given as children's gifts for a special occasion or rewards of merit and were often used to aid in the instruction of young children. It displays beautifully, making a gorgeous addition to any serious collection of early children's wares and would be a fabulous gift for someone with a cat or two.
The plate is in great condition with normal kiln stilt marks to the front and rear.