Rare Early Childs Transferware Plate
THE CUCKOO BIRD
Staffordshire England c1840
This is a wonderful early child's transferware plate, circa 1840. Octagonal in shape, measuring 5 1/4" in diameter with irregular sized pressed daisies and a twisted rope rim. A transfer printed image hand colored in orange, yellow, blue and green with a pink lustre outlined rim and light pearlware glaze. The plate is quite scarce. It is decorated with a winsome image of a Cuckoo Bird perched on a tree limb and a field of flowers.
The plates with identical borders featured in the book "Gifts for Good Children" written by Noel Riley and published by Richard Dennis. The plate was made in the Staffordshire potting district in England in the early to mid-19th century. Plates like this were made as gifts or rewards of merit, and used to aid in the education of youngsters, and would have been a lucky child’s plate for mealtime. A naive and simple throwback to a much simpler time in early childhood. The plate is in great condition, with a slight glaze flake to the foliage below the bird’s tail, minor flake on the foot rim and no chips, cracks, or repairs. The plate is extremely well potted with clear and crisp transfers, and surprisingly little wear. The sentimental image is simply irresistible to bird people! We have listed other children’ wares this week, to mix and match.