Scarce Red Aesthetic Transferware Breakfast Plate
Charles Allerton & Sons Staffordshire, England c. 1880
This English breakfast plate, circa 1880, was originally part of a breakfast set or tea service. The plate measures about 7 1/2" in diameter, transfer printed in a rich cherry red or dark English pink. The plate features a noble stag or deer basking in the moonlight in a meadow surrounded by mountains. This beautiful scene is framed by an aesthetic background of branches, fern, scrolls, a sailboat and a smattering of geometrical whimsies, with a double zig-zag border, leaving very little white space.
The plate was made by Charles Allerton & Sons, a 19th century pottery manufacturer in the Staffordshire region of England well known for his whimsical children's teasets. The pattern is known as "Stag". It is marked with the pattern name and pattern number 750 inside a belt-shaped cartouche.
The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. The workmanship is haphazard, which is one of the reasons many people are drawn to it...not fine china, and not meant to be; it was made for children and probably considered disposable. The transfers are not always aligned neatly, and there is runny glaze and little bumps and dips and transfer wrinkles and glazed over edge crizzling original to the making. The naïve and hasty style adds to the folksy charm. Overall crazing, consistent with age.
Red aesthetic transferware depicting wild animals is hard to find and highly sought after, and cherished by nature and animal lovers! This antique plate will make a stunning addition to any collection of Aesthetic movement dishes. We have several of these plates available for sale. Contact us if you would like to put together a small matching set.