Child's Staffordshire Learning Plate c1830
A lovely old transferware child’s learning plate with the central image showing men on horseback capturing wild horses. We have seen similar themes and artistic techniques done by Staffordshre potter Adams. One is his pattern called Palestine and the other his pattern, Caledonian Scottish. The men on our plate wear just about the same folk costume as the figures in both these patterns. Our plate is unmarked.
The central picture was applied by transfer printing. This technique, developed in the late 1700s, enabled pictures of high quality similar to those that had previously been confined to hand painted fine porcelain. This newer process could be done far less expensively. Families of lesser means could now own pretty decorative pieces. 7 3/8” diameter; stands 7/8” high from table.