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 blue slip center to which a white cherub holding what appears to be a falcon has been applied. Both the outer rim and the inner rim have gilt decoration, 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. The gilt edging is strong (only minor wear in spots), and there are a couple of firing lines in the cherub's feet, common with this type of applied decoration.. The colors are vibrant and the cherub charming; Fradley's impressed mark is crisp. 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). One of 2 Fradley Mocha plates I have in my Ruby Lane Shop.