8-1/2" F & R Pratt multicolor printed plate, dating from the second half of the nineteenth century.
The printed decoration is a view of a continental European square with soldiers, horses and women in traditional costumes. A grove of trees is in the background and a Gothic cathedral can be seen in the distance. The wide band surrounding the center image is buff in color with a slightly rosy cast. The rim is printed with architectural motifs and is striped in gilt.
There is a printed mark on the back of the plate which reads "F & R Pratt / 123 / Fenton." The mark, which can be found on pieces printed in the style of the pot lids that made the factory famous, was used 1850 onwards. This piece is probably from the period before 1891, when the word, "England," began to appear in marks.
Condition: very good for its age and very clean, with no cracks or repairs that we have been able to find. This piece was probably intended mostly for display, and there are no knife scratches in the glaze on the front. The glaze is crazed but clean. There are heat separations in the pottery, which are most visible in the sky in the printed design. There are several small pits in the ceramic body as well. The decoration is in good condition for a piece of this age; even the gilded striping is in good condition.
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