Early Painted Creamware Childs Plate
Staffordshire, England c 1810
Dating to the early 19th century, or possibly late 18th century, this childs plate measures 6-1/2 inches. Transfer printed or bat printed dark brownish black central cartouche encircled in a flower vine cartouche, all surrounded by the floral all in a Leeds color range, enamel ochre burnt red green yellow and plum on a creamy earthenware with a moulded rose border, painted brick red rim and pearlware glaze.
The center of the plate contains a love poem or sonnet of unknown origin. It reads:
Art thou not dear unto my Heart. Oh search that Heart and see. And from my Bosom tear the part. That beats not true to thee.
The plate is unmarked and unsigned. It is most likely from Staffordshire or one of the northern potting regions of England c. 1800-1810. The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. A slightly overglazed finish, original to the making. Light utensil wear in the well of the plate and discoloration along the inside rim, some minor firing flaws original to the making. Light weight, beautifully potted. Sold as is, a nice example.