EARLY PEARLWARE CHILDS CHRISTENING PLATE
A PRESENT FOR JEAN
STAFFORDSHIRE ENGLAND c 1820
This very desirable plate from the Staffordshire region of England measures 5-1/4 inches in diameter with a moulded, hand painted (under glaze) floral rim. It has a flat rimless bottom with a rounded foot.
The wonderful creamy earthenware plate has a three-color red, green and yellow motif along the rim and with a black transfer printed central reserve. It bears the legend A PRESENT FOR JEAN with a sentimental genre scene showing a mother gifting a new doll to her daughter. A lovely tribute to a loving mother and daughter, encouraging the enjoyment of the simple pleasures of life.
Early and small creamware and earthenware plates and cups like this were made as christening presents, gifts for good children and rewards of merit. These tiny plates are quite scarce especially with such a universally loved subject as a childs doll.
The plate is in great condition with a couple of pinpoint size nibbles on the rim and no other chips cracks or repairs. Wear consistent with age and prior use. Well made, maker unknown. A rare find and great example of early christening gifts, offered as is for a price that reflects condition and rarity of the piece. A perfect gift for a doll collector names Jean!