Rare Bi-Color ABC Alphabet Plate ~ Running Spaniel Dog
Staffordshire England c1870
This 7-3/4 inch plate is transfer printed in a two-color motif, black border and aqua blue interior. The central image shows a pair of happy Spaniels funning side by side. The dogs are in a field with a house in the background. The dogs are encircled in the elaborate alphabet border. Very uncommon to find bi-color ABC Nursery wares from this era. The plate is in very good overall condition with no chips, cracks or repairs. Glaze flaking all along the border, consistent with age. T The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not aligned neatly, there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge frits original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Sold as is. A rare bi-color example.