Rare Staffordshire Plate ~ Fairy Elf Fantasy ~ Hard Nut to Crack 1880Rare Staffordshire Plate ~ Fairy Elf Fantasy ~ Hard Nut to Crack 1880Rare Staffordshire Plate ~ Fairy Elf Fantasy ~ Hard Nut to Crack 1880Rare Staffordshire Plate ~ Fairy Elf Fantasy ~ Hard Nut to Crack 1880Rare Staffordshire Plate ~ Fairy Elf Fantasy ~ Hard Nut to Crack 1880

Rare Staffordshire Plate
HARD NUT TO CRACK
FAIRY & ELVES FANTASY

William Brownfield Staffordshire England
c 1880

This is a gorgeous transferware porcelain plate, printed in blue and measures 9 1/2” in diameter. Artistically hand painted under the glaze.

The plate is decorated with fantasy images elves, gnomes and fairies. The images includes elves using a nut-cracker to open walnuts on a shelf with a beautiful figural jug (titled A Hard Nut to Crack)

This stunning Aesthetic movement image is part of an early series of fantasy illustrations based on The Water-Babies, a Victorian children's novel by the Charles Kingsley, written in 1862, a mainstay of children's literature, written as an educational fable. The protagonist of the book is Tom, an inquisitive young boy who falls into a river where he is transformed into a ‘water baby’ and begins his moral education, embarking on a series of adventures and lessons in the company of other water babies. The main characters he meets along the way are fairies and elves, each teaching him a moral or spiritual lesson.

Great condition. Transfer printed earthenware plates of this quality in this pattern are especially unique. Fantasy wares!

ITEM ID
AMT4622
STYLE
Victorian
TYPE
Hand Painted, Porcelain, Staffordshire, Transferware
ORIGIN
England • English
PURPOSE
Plates
ITEM TYPE
Antique

Rare Staffordshire Plate ~ Fairy Elf Fantasy ~ Hard Nut to Crack 1880

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