Early Colorful Pearlware Childs Plate
Staffordshire, England c 1835
Dating to the early to mid 19th century, this childs plate measures 7-1/4 inches in diameter with a scalloped rim. Transfer printed in cobalt blue and decorated with a Pratt palette of green blue and gold against a creamy earthenware blank. Molded flower border and scalloped rim, finished with pearlware glaze.
The center of the plate features 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 welcomed by her grandmother, who has brought her a doll:
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 unmarked. Hails from an unknown pottery maker in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid1800s, with a design used by various potteries of the day. The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Wear to the inner rim and light patina on back. Light weight and beautifully potted.
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