Early Creamware Transfer Printed Childs Plate
Maker unknown Staffordshire England c 1820
This child size plate was originally part of a complete miniature tea set or possibly was made as a cup plate for a adult’s tea set. The diminutive creamware plate measures 3-3/4 inches in diameter, transfer printed and hand outlined in black on cream colored earthenware body, with a gently scalloped edge and turned foot, finished with transparent glaze with a yellowish cast. Decorated with the image of a zebra under a tree. A rare image of a beloved animal, a fine example of early 19th century miniature transferware.
The transferware plate is marked with the pattern name is ZEBRA. The maker is unknown, though likely hailing from Staffordshire England c1810-1820. The source of the zebra image was a Thomas Bewick engraving from his natural history studies c1790. One of the earlier wares designed to entertain children and used to instruct them in proper table manners or for a playtime tea party or simply to decorate a dollhouse table.
The plate is in great condition with no cracks chips or repairs. Minor firing flaws, as shown, typical of the period. A rare example of early miniature antique ceramics, a naive miniature to add to your black transferware animals collection or any AAFA Americana advanced collection.
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