This is a wonderful old English cobalt blue and white plate. The wide rose floral border surrounds the comical scene from Mr. Pickwick Papers. Grazing cracks on the front that do not go through and repaired chip on underside rim. IT IS RARE TO FIND ANTIQUE EARTHENWARE IN "LIKE NEW" CONDITION BECAUSE OF WEAR FROM USE AND AGE. TINY GLAZE FLAKES AND CRAZING IS NORMAL AND ADDS CHARACTER TO EACH PIECE.
"The Pickwick Papers" was first published serially from 1836 to 1837 under the pseudonym Boz and in book form in 1837. This first fictional work by Dickens was originally commissioned as a series of glorified captions for the work of caricaturist Robert Seymour. His witty, episodic accounts of the kindly, naive Samuel Pickwick and his friends in the Pickwick Club were instantly successful in their own right, however, and made Dickens a literary sensation.
Backstamp: Sam Weller Astonishes Job Trotter ~ Pickwick of Chas Dickens 1837 - Original Illustrations by R. Seymour & Phiz - Ridgways – England RNo 419438
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