A Slip-Decorated Mocha Ware plate with marbled rim and a applied sprig cherub decoration in the center, stamped "T. Fradley" (for Thomas Fradley), c. 1875. The 9" plate has a broad, marbled (brightly colored slip decoration) rim, a brown slip center to which a white cherub holding either flowers or vegetables has been applied. Both the outer rim and the inner rim have traces of gilt decoration (most of the gold on the outer rim has rubbed off), and the foot ring of the plate has pre-drilled holes, indicating that this piece was probably made to hang on the wall, rather than be used at a table.
Excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines, restoration, etc. Just the wear to the gilt edge. The colors are vibrant and the cherub charming; Fradley's impressed mark is a bit blurry, but readable. Thomas Fradley produced these wares from about 1870-1885. There is a brief section describing his work in Jonathan Rickard's book Mocha & Related Dipped Wares, 1770-1939 (p. 144-145).