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Circa 1855 Small Proverbs Plate Polychromal Decorated Transfer Earthenware Plate with Verse Do Not Squander Time Now, Sleep In The Grave

  • $ 94.99

Description: A circa 1855 transfer ware or transferware plate with a colorful central scene. This earthenware proverbs plate is polychromal decorated with a colorful scene showing a man sitting in front of what looks like an old time inn. The man is wearing a top hat and has a beer in his hand, there is a young man standing in the doorway and another leaning on a yellow wall sleeping. It looks likle they have just finished a bowling type game where you can see the pins and a black round ball. There is a verse surrounding the central scene. The verse says "DOST THOU LOVE LIFE. THEN DO NOT SQUANDER TIME. THERE WILL BE SLEEPING ENOUGH IN THE GRAVE." This round proverbs plate has a foot and a white edge surrounding the central design. The edge is decorated with a raised design of a tulip, a foxglove and a sheaf of wheat. It also has a green line at the edge of the plate under the glaze. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of our description.

Date: Circa 1855.

Origin: Uncertain but most likely England.

Size: Measures ~6 3/8" in diameter, 7/8" in height and weighs about 7.6 ounces.

Maker: Unknown.

Marks: Unmarked as to the maker.

Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: Very nice old transferware proverbs plate with a nice saying, having bold and fresh colors, and in great condition after being around for 160 years. This would make a great addition to your collection of transferware pottery or proverbs plate collection. Condition: Plate is in very good condition with no cracks, hairlines, discoloration, chips, or repairs. The plate has general fine crazing throughout. It does have some minor staining along the foot on the back. It also has some of the usual manufacturing defects one expects to see in old English transferware like this one, including mismatched transfer, unglazed areas, pops, slubs, and areas where the transfer did not cover entirely. However, this plate has a minimum number of such defects and is truly a great specimen. Please see photos to appreciate the beauty and condition of this piece.

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