Childs Miniature Toy Transferware Plate
FRANKLIN'S MAXIMS ~ EYE ON WORK
Staffordshire England c 1830
This early historical Staffordshire plate measures just 4 inches in diameter with a smooth rim. Black transfer print on a creamy earthenware blank with pearlware glaze. The center features a wreath or scroll surrounding the motto: The eye of the Master will do more work than both his hands.
A folky work of art on ceramic, with wisdom that is as timely today as when it was penned by Benjamin Franklin in the 18th century as part of his book The Way to Wealth: Industry and Frugality. He was a wise man then and now.
The plate was made the Staffordshire region of England from early to mid-19th century. It is in very good condition, with a flea bite on the edge, a tiny chip on the back edge and no other chips cracks or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people collect these cup plates...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. Offered as is. It will make a wonderful addition to any collection of transferware maxims mugs and plates, or any collection of early American history.