Staffordshire Child's Transferware Plate
CONGRESS of DOGS
Staffordshire England c1860
This winsome child's transferware plate dates to c1860. This plate measures 6-1/2 inches in diameter with a press molded rose flower rim. It is transfer printed in purple or lavender sometimes called violet or mulberry. It is finished with pearlware glaze. The central image is an imaginative depiction of a courtroom full of dogs posing as lawyers trying arguing a case before a dog judge. The image is a simplified rendition of a painting by John Landseer (1761-1852), who was among the most famous of English animal painters. His paintings depicted human attributes and human activities engaged in by animals. The original painting, shown here, was created in 1840, and the later engraving by H.S. Sadd, were titled “LAYING DOWN THE LAW” or “TRIAL BY JURY.” The picture is sometimes referred to as “DOG PARLIAMENT” or “CONGRESS OF DOGS”.
The maker is not known but the plate was made in the Staffordshire region of England in the mid 1800s. It is unmarked .
The plate is in very good condition with rim wear consistnet with age and no chips cracks or repairs. Glaze ponding original to the making. The naive image is delightful, a throwback to a much simpler time. It is amazing that this plate was made for a child so long ago!
Mugs and plates like this were made as gifts for good children and rewards of merit, used to aid in children's education and moral training, and to encourage their imaginations in the 19th century. A lovely addition to your ABC transferware collection and a great gift for a dog lover!
Staffordshire Childs Transferware Plate CONGRESS of DOGS Staffordshire England c1860
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