Child's Pearlware Alphabet Plate
LOUIS WAIN ~ CATS
COME INTO THE GARDEN, MAUD
Charles Allerton Potteries 19th Century ~ Staffordshire England
This is wonderful early child's transferware plate with a pearlware glaze. The plate dates to around 1890. It measures 8 inches in diameter with bright best emerald green transfer printing and an alphabet border. The amusing central image is distinctly Louis Wain (1860-1939) style, featuring a trio of whimsically dressed cats and a parrot upon a perch. The plate is a tribute to Lord Alfred Tennyson's poem, " Come into the Garden, Maud ".
Plates with descriptive images like this were made in the early to mid-19th century to be given as children's gifts for a special occasion or rewards of merit and were often used to aid in the instruction of young children. It displays beautifully, making a gorgeous addition to any serious collection of early children's wares and would be a fabulous gift for someone with a cat or two. Excellent condition - Never used.
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