This is absolutely charming child’s nursery ware plate was produced in Bristol, England during the early 19th century, circa 1830.
The plate features a monochrome transfer printed design depicting two children in the gardens of a large house. The little boy is seen sitting reading a book with the little girl stood over him. The verse is from ‘Divine Songs for Children’ by Isaac Watts and reads “The tulip and the butterfly Appear in gayer coats than I. Let me dressed fine as I will. Flies, worms and flowers exceed me still.”
Isaac Watts (b 1674 – d 1748) was an English Christian minister, hymn writer, theologian, and logician. He was a prolific and popular hymn writer and is credited with some 750 hymns. He is recognized as the "Godfather of English Hymnody"; many of his hymns remain in use today and have been translated into numerous languages.
The back of the plate features an impressed cross manufactures mark reading ‘Pountney & Allies.’ Pountney & Allies were a Bristol based pottery manufacturer. There are relatively few known examples of their wares.
Reference: Pl 913 in Noel Riley’s ‘Gifts for Good Children.’
This is a stunning little plate that has survived almost 200 years. This is the perfect item for anyone who loves original early children’s pottery.
Measuring: Diameter 6 1/8 inch (15.5 cm).
Condition: Natural crazing as with all pieces. Minor ‘x’ shaped hairline to back, only visible on one side.
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RARE Early Childs Nursery Ware Plate by Pountney & Allies, Tulips And Butterfly Plate, Isaac Watts Circa 1830
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