Childs Cobalt Flow Blue Transferware Platter Meat Plate
Copeland Late Spode Stoke England c. 1880
This is a scarce childs or baby’s transfer printed earthenware platter made as part of a childs dollhouse dinner set. The piece is transfer printed in a brilliant cobalt flow blue, oval measuring 5-1/4 inches long with a flared rim and flat bottom.
The decoration consists of a menagerie of domestic animals and wild critters, with individual transfer printed animals placed randomly. The animals on this piece include a recumbent deer, zebra, camel, leopard and horse, a beefsteak cow in the middle. Impeccably designed and boldly decorated to inspire the imagination of every child. This delectable pattern is featured in Playtime Porcelain and Pottery by Lorraine Punchard, English Toy China by Doris Lechler, and Gifts for Good Children Part II by Maureen Batkin. The whimsical transfers originated from early natural history engraving used later to produce early children's primer and ABC books.
The base is marked with a transfer printed and impressed 'WTCopeland & Sons' dating to c1880-1910. It was made in the Staffordshire region of England of the highest quality transferware, suitable for adult tastes and standards.
The platter is in great condition. No chips, cracks or repairs. No utensil wear, some typical minor firing imperfections consistent with age and prior use. The piece is earthy and uniquely charming naive. It is amazing that this piece belonged to a child over 100 years ago! Offered as is, as shown.
Children's folk art transferware of this quality is quite scarce and this pattern is especially rare and sought after. This imaginative little plate will make a special addition to any collection of children's wares, and makes a perfect gift to a veterinarian farmer zoologist dog trainer or other animal lover!
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