Historical Staffordshire Dinner Plate
James and Ralph Clews Staffordshire England c 1830
This rare and outstanding dinner plate measuring 10-1/2 inches in diameter. It is crisply transfer printed in a dark brown on earthenware with a pearlware glaze and a scalloped rim. The center transfer in the well of the plate shows fishermen pulling in their nets surrounded by a tranquil Romantic scene with the traditional mountains, lake and gazebo elements.
There are three cartouches along the edge, Industry Knowledge and Temperance. Industry is a busy hive of bees next to a mother and her children. Knowledge is a mother teaching her child with a world globe, a cornucopia of fruit spills and their feet. Temperance is a boy listening to the wisdom of his father. Banner ribbons surround the edge of the plate with Franklin’s Moral Maxims, Motto and biblical Proverbs:
Knowledge is the treasure of the mind & discretion is key to it.
Study wisdom and you will reap pleasure.
The diligent hand maketh rich, laziness misery.
Let others faults remind thee of they own.
Temperance regulates the passions .
Sin and Sorrow are inseparable.
Self-denial is the most exalted pleasure.
Frugality is a fortune & industry a good estate.
There are no pains without gains.
The plate displays beautifully and is in very good condition with edge wear and utensil wear but no chips cracks or repairs. The pattern was produced by James Clews (1813-1834) and by John and Job Jackson (1830-1835) in the Staffordshire region of England. Each size plate in the original table set would have had different maxims comprising a series of knowledge industry and temperance lessons harking back to Benjamin Franklin and the later Quakers Youth Instruction movement.
Early ceramics with moral messages and illustrated maxims are quite scarce and highly sought after. This rare dinner plate will make a wonderful addition to your collection.