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A Pearlware Pottery Childs Plate “The Spelling Lesson”


Stock No: 001829


Diameter: 7 Inches / 18 cm


Reference: Possibly Unrecorded


A delightful pearlware pottery child’s plate made for the German market and made in Staffordshire, England circa 1840 by W. Smith & Co Wedgwood. The transfer illustration on the plates surface represents an idyllic family setting with a sporting connection. A mother reads to her young children, she is seated holding an open book in both hands, wearing a short sleeved blouse and skirt, to her left, a young girl leans on her shoulder, she has a toy doll on her lap, wearing a short sleeved blouse and skirt, to the mothers right, a boy rests his left hand on the back of her head, his right is holding a cricket bat, wearing a long sleeved buttoned jacket and trousers, a toy cradle below. The inscription above and below, which is in old German, translates along the lines of,  “It is best to learn reading young, than never read at all”. This plate is possibly the source to a fine detailed Staffordshire figure produced at the Dudson factory by Thomas & James Dudson during the production period 1837-1845. The same subject was also produced in the late 1840’s by the Dudson factory using a more simplified form, a delightful spill vase, which can be found decorated in a number of colourways. The plate is in perfect original condition having no damage, repairs, or restoration.