Spode Byron Brown Transferware Platter Chop Plate Pet of the Common - Children & Baby Donkey
Brand Copeland Spode
Large EARLY SPODE COPELAND PASTORAL SCENE CHOP PLATE / PLATTER
From my personal collection, here is one of my favorite transferware designs ever produced on Staffordshire pottery. This is an early platter or chop plate by Spode / Copeland in the Byron pattern. The well depicts the engraved artwork of the 1880 painting by J C Horsley entitled The Pet of the Common. It depicts children with a baby donkey. It is bordered with a trellis of grape leaves and berry bundles. The scene is painted by hand with shades of pink, brown, blue, green and gold.
Several scenes on the Byron series were artwork by J.C. Horsley. John Calcott Horsley designed in 1840 the first ever commercialy produced Christmas card, commissioned by Henry Cole.
Absolutely one of the most beautiful pastoral scenes ever applied to transfer ware.
Measures: 12 1/4"
Condition: No chips or cracks, a little crazing is present and minor wear to the hand painted green rim. Comes complete with hanging hardware attached to back (disc hanger which can be removed by soaking with water, if desired)
Read more at my blog: http://nancysdailydish.blogspot.com/2010/11/first-christmas-card.html