Staffordshire Childs Plate
AESOPS FABLES ~ THE BEAR & THE BEE HIVES
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 one of the Fables by Aesop, this one titled The Bear and the Bee Hive. The fable tells the story a bear who is stung by a bee. He reacts by trying to destroy the whole hive of bees because he is angry at being stung. When he does this, of course all the bees come after him and he is in much more danger than he had been before. The Moral of the story is to keep your temper; the story is meant to convey the message that a person who reacts in anger to small things is liable to hurt himself more than the small things ever could have hurt him.
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 a nick on the foot rim but no cracks, chips, repairs. No utensil wear. Light overall patina consistent with age and prior use. Insignificant 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.
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