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Blue Staffordshire Plate ~ Millenium Millennium Pattern, c. 1840
A blue Staffordshire plate, 9" in diameter, in the very popular and important "Millenium" (misspelling of Millennium) Pattern, probably by Ralph Stevenson, c. 1840. The transfer pattern includes numerous Religious symbols and scenes, a reflection of the strong Religious Revival that swept both the United States and England in the 1830s and 1840s. In addition to the "Eye of God", which dominates that border at top-center, there is a book open to Isaiah, Ch. 11: Verse 6 ("...and a little child shall lead them."), a dove and olive branch above the words "Peace on Earth" and a man kneeling in prayer ("Give us this day our daily Bread...") below the "Peaceable Kingdom" like image of a child with animals, both wild and domestic. The plate also has a very "Garden of Eden" like border with luscious fruits, flowers and sheaths of wheat, and a blue cartouche on the back "Millenium." The transfer was popular, both in the United States and in the UK, and it is very sought-after today.
This plate is in very good condition: the transfer is crisp and clear and there are no cracks, lines or restorations. There is some minor soiling only visible on the back side of the plate (and easy fix with peroxide), and a small chip on the foot rim is the only other blemish.
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Michael Weinberg, Pelham, MA