Staffordshire Childs Plate
AESOPS FABLES ~ THE DOG IN THE MANGER
Staffordshire England c. 1835
This petite childs plate measures 4-3/4 inches in diameter with a scalloped rim. It is crisply transfer printed in an earthy sepia brown finished with pearlware glaze. The border of the plate is molded with thistle and rose.
The central image illustrates on of the most obscure of the Fables by Aesop, this one titled The Dog in the Manger. The fable tells the story of a dog that took an afternoon nap in the cozy straw bed in the manger or stable of an Ox. He was asleep when the Ox, returning from its afternoon work, came up to the Manger and wanted to eat some of the straw. The Dog was startled awake from its sleep and angrily barked at the Ox when it tried to come near the straw. At last the Ox had to give up the hope of getting at the straw, and quietly went away.
The moral of the story: We should not deprive others of blessings because we cannot enjoy them ourselves.
The illustration on the plate is brilliant, with a guileless, almost friendly looking ox approaching an indignant spaniel dog, vividly depicted in the barn. The plate was made by an unknown maker c. 1835 in the Staffordshire region of England.
The plate is in very good with no cracks, chips, repairs. No utensil wear. Light overall patina consistent with age and prior use. Insignficant firing flaws original to the making.
A spectacular piece for the advanced collector and a fine example of this amusing fable. A perfect gift. Check out the matching fable plate the is also listed.