Rare Early Childs Transferware Plate
CAT LADY WITH THE FAVOURITE CAT
Staffordshire England c1840
This is a wonderful early child's transferware plate, circa 1840. Octagonal in shape, measuring 5-1/2 inches in diameter with pressed daisies and a twisted rope edge. The transfer printed image is hand colored (under glaze) in red, yellow, blue and green with a green outlined rim and light pearlware glaze.
The plate is quite scarce. It is decorated with a winsome image of a girl standing with her favorite pet cat. The oversized grey cat, sitting on a raised stool, has stripes that match his owner’s blouse; both are standing in front of a giant urn of fresh flowers. An endearing image for every cat lover.
The image on similar plates is featured in the book "Gifts for Good Children" written by Noel Riley and published by Richard Dennis. (See pages 103 and 207) The plate was made in the Staffordshire potting district in England in the early to mid-19th century. Plates like this were made as gifts or rewards of merit, and used to aid in the education of youngsters, and would have been a lucky child’s plate for mealtime. A naif and simple throwback to a much simpler time in early childhood.
The plate is in great condition, with no chips, cracks, or repairs. Well potted with clear and crisp transfers has surprisingly little wear. The sentimental image is simply irresistible to cat people!