Early Colorful Pearlware Childs Plate
Podmore Walker & Co Staffordshire, England c 1840
Dating to the early to mid 19th century, this childs plate measures 5-5/8 inches in diameter with a scalloped rim. Transfer printed in black and decorated with a Leeds red and green palette. The plate is surrounded with a fruit and flower moulded on the rim of the plate and finished with pearlware glaze.
The center of the plate contains an illustrated poem, originally printed in copperplate engravings from a child's primer used to instruct children on the joys of family with poems from sisters Ann and Jane Taylor. The endearing image depicts a little girl being comforted by her grandmother, who is mourning her cherished dog. The poem reads:
Who same to see me far and near With cakes and Toys throughout the year And call’d me her sweet little dear, MY GRANDMOTHER.
The plate is marked ‘Stoneware PW&Co’, signifying the maker to be Podmore Walker & Co, a pottery maker in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid1800’s. The plate is in great condition with one fleabite on the edge and no chips cracks or repairs. Light patina on back. Light weight and beautifully potted.