This outstanding, antique, Transferware platter, caught our attention because of the subject of the tale it is intended to tell. This platter, which is a full 18 1/2" long x 14" wide, was designed by Ralph Stevenson in the early-to-mid 1800's, and based on a illustration, by Phillip Reinagle (1749 - 1833). This illustration appeared in a book entitled "The Sportsman's Cabinet", and subtitled "A Correct Delineation of the Canine Race." This book was published in London in 1803. The "laughing" Spaniel dog on the platter is actually flushing out a woodcock, commonly considered a game bird at the time. This charming platter is done in a wonderful mix of blues, against a soft creamy white background. The whole scene is bordered with a profusion of flowers and leaves. It is impressed on the back with Stevenson's star-shaped mark. This gorgeous platter is in great condition with 3 imperfections along the edge (all shown in the pictures), that do not detract from the beauty and history of this amazing piece. This transferware platter will certainly make an exquisite wall hanging, that can easily be used as the focal point of your kitchen or dining area. If you are a collector, and a dog enthusiast as well...this is a must-have!