EARLY CHILDS TRANSFERWARE PLATE
THE MORNING WALK
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1830
This is a 6 5/8 " child's transfer plate , circa 1830. The plate is light weight and beautifully potted with a pearlware glaze. A very early example with press moulded animals and butterflies along the rim. Hounds chasing a rabbit, a goat, a dog, and a bird in a fruiting tree. It is transfer printed in red with a scene of a mother and daughter meeting the mornings sun. THE MORNING WALK To meet the smiling morning's eye
Whence dart soft living beams of light
The modest snowdrop, golden daffodil.
That blows beside the wandering rill.
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 early to mid-19th century. The images were taken from copperplate engravings used in children's books of the same period.
The condition of this plate is excellent. Clean and bright with no wear, never been used. A very tiny hairline, more like a darkened craze line off the back of the plate. Nicely potted and the transfers were applied with a good deal of attention to detail. The images are delightful, a throwback to a much simpler time. The plate will make a great addition to your collection of children's dishes.
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