Rare Early Child's Transferware Plate
MY PRETTY PONY
Staffordshire England c.1820
This is a wonderful early child's transferware plate, circa 1820. Octagonal in shape, measuring 7" in diameter with irregular sized pressed daisies and a twisted rope rim, it is transfer printed in brown and dripping with pearlware glaze.
The plate is quite scarce -- decorated with a stanza of a poem entitled "My Pretty Pony", written by J. Baker and published by William Darton in 1812, as a part of the series of simple rhymes, originally published in copperplate engravings from a primer book which was used to instruct children, and teach them the joys of horses and pets. The endearing image depicts a young boy with his arms around his beloved pet. The poem reads:
AS MORNING BREAKS I RISE FROM BED AND BY STRONG INCLINATION LD HASTEN TO SEE WELL CLEAN'D AND FED MY PRETTY PONY
The image on a similar plate is featured in the book "Gifts for Good Children" written by Noel Riley and published by Richard Dennis. The plate was most likely made in the Staffordshire potting district in England in the early-19th century. Plates like this were made to be given as gifts or rewards of merit, and used to aid in the education of youngsters. A naive and simple throwback to a much simpler time in early childhood!
The plate is in great condition, with a tiny flake on the back rim, and no chips, cracks, or repairs. A minor spider in the glaze on the underside. Light wear and utensils marks, consistent with prior use. The plate is extremely well potted and light weight, and the sentimental poem and image is simply irresistible to horse lovers!