WEDGWOOD BLUE TRANSFERWARE PLATE ~ Designer Thomas Allen
Josiah Wedgwood Potteries Staffordshire England c 1875
This Victorian 10 1/8 " plate is transfer printed in dark blue.
"Eat to Live, Not Live to Eat" is the timeless message on this antique plate. White ironstone with a blue transferware pattern of a robed hunter with a stag in the center and designs around the rim of rabbits, fish, a stag, and sheep alternating with four lighter sections of a cherub with a hunting dog. This plate design was originally part of the Banquet series used by the first class patrons who were housed in the North Head Quarantine Station in Australia in the late 1800's. Even while in quarantine, they were accustomed to a privileged lifestyle. This plate is both historically interesting and aesthetically significant due to their beautiful design.
Condition is great. No chips, no cracks, no hairlines and no repairs.