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Fontaine's Fables ~ Proud Heron and the Fish 1880
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Fontaine / Aesops Fables ~ PROUD HERON AND THE FISH
Brown Westhead and Moore Potteries
Staffordshire England ~ c. 1880
This is a superb and quite scare transferware plate registered around 1880. The plate measures 10 3/8 " in diameter. The plate is finely potted. The decoration is based on a woodcut etching from the highly coveted Nature series made by Brown Westhead and Moore, most commonly found on architectural tiles. It is decorated in a brilliant cobalt blue or flow mulberry.
A proud and big heron stood on one of his legs in the shallow water of a lake. The water of the lake was clear and calm. The heron stood motionless but alert and watchful to snap up his breakfast. It was a pleasant and cool morning. The little fish swarmed around the heron who stood like a statue. He was not ready to have any meager fare on that day. The little fish played and swam around him fearlessly. After a few moments, a comparatively big fish came there. But even then the heron did not try to snap it up. “No, no, even this. It’s not fit for my royal break fast! I shall not trouble myself unless it is a real bog one.” As the sun came above in the sky the shallow water became warm. The swarm of the little fish swam to a cooler and deeper water of the lake. The heron saw no more fish. He was obliged to have a breakfast of a tiny snail and little frog.
Lesson:A BIRD IN HAND IS WORTH TWO IN THE BUSH
The plate is in EXCELLENT condition, with no chips, cracks, hairlines or repairs. The images are clear and crisp with intricate detail and whimsical styling. The plate was made with great attention to detail. This fantastic transferware plate will make a gorgeous addition to any serious collection of Aesthetic movement wares.
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