Early Childs Pearlware Plate
Staffordshire England c 1835
This early childs plate measures 7 inches in diameter with a rare molded border and scalloped rim. Likely made for the American market as the molded border features 3 eagles. Transfer printed in blue and embellished with hand painted (underglaze) wisps of Pratt enamel colors in yellow ochre green and blue. The naïve transfer depicts a girl holding a ladder while her little brother climbs up to the roof of the house. The image is accompanied by a poem by Ann and Jane Taylor titled ‘My Sister’:
When up the ladder I would go
How wrong it was I now well know
Who cried but held it fast below
Plates like this, depicting scenes of family life, were made in the Staffordshire and northern regions of England in the early to mid 19th century. Given as rewards of merit, they were used to assist in the education and moral training of young children. Similar images are featured on children’s plates in Noel Riley's book Gifts for Good Children published by Richard Dennis.
The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. No signs of usage or wear, it would have been a treasured cabinet plate. Beautifully potted with a sentimental image of sibling love, an outstanding addition to any collection. Offered as is, the little plate is a work of art and will be cherished by anyone lucky enough to have a beloved sibling.
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