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Wedgwood Polychrome Rack Plate ~ Game Birds DUCKS 1903
Transferware Series Ware Cabinet Plate Game Birds ~ Water Birds Ducks Wedgwood England 1903
This transfer printed Wedgwood rack plate measures 10 3/8” in diameter. It is finely potted earthenware (not porcelain) featuring polychrome multi-color transfer printed in brown and decorated with brilliant brick red yellow and green. The border is decorated in Tea Rose, a popular dinner ware pattern in late 19th century Wedgwood which reflected the Aesthetic and naturalistic design trends of the period.
The Aesthetic Movement motif depicts a Mallard Duck in a pond and 2 geese nesting in the grass nearby. The winsome scene is finely detailed, with a fox stalking the birds from the adjacent meadow. The plate is one of a series of scenes depicting game birds and water birds designed in the 1880s for Wedgwood in the Staffordshire region of England. These fine plates were made to display in china cabinet to enhance the beauty of a complete Tea Rose dinner service along with a variety of serving pieces.
The plate is marked “WEDGOOD ETRURIA ENGLAND” along with “TEA ROSE”. It also has an impressed Wedgwood mark and the letters O/BPF which indicates that the plate was made in the year 1903. It also has a paint decorators number A6370.
The plate is in great condition without chips cracks or repairs. One pin point dot of stray green paint in the background, mentioned for extreme pickiness only. A couple of fine utensil scratches consistent with age and prior use.
This spectacular plate with naturalistic imagery is a stunning addition to any collection of game plates or transferware images of animals birds and hunting scenes.
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