Early children's china like this wonderful plate was often gifted to children who had been good; but endeavoring never to waste an opportunity for instruction, it also often displayed the alphabet, and moral or religious guidance.
This lovely piece is bordered with wide scalloped rings of impressed daisies, and has a pearlware glaze. The crisp black transfer shows a child praying, watched over by two winged angels with harps, surrounded by puffy clouds. The 'eye of God' watches over all, and the text reads:
How glorious is our heavenly King.
Who reigns above the sky.
How shall a child presume to sing
His dreadful majesty.
The underglaze transfer is accented with hand applied clobbered accents of red, blue, yellow, green, and a light flesh tone. A lovely and complex design. This piece is unmarked, but almost certainly from the Staffordshire region of England.
Condition is remarkable for such an early piece, with no chips, cracks, or repairs that I can see. There are marks from the kiln stilts, a few glaze pops, minute bits of kiln debris caught in the glaze, and some endearing spots of color on the back, but nothing that happened after the original manufacture, no mishaps. The transfer is beautifully applied on the center of the plate, but being a large design, the first and last lines of text extend over the edge of the molded border and show a bit of distortion as you would expect. this piece measures 5 3/4" in diameter, and dates to the early 19th C, 1820 - 1840.
A fine piece to add to a collection of early children's china or angels. Treat yourself or gift someone special.
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