Antique Signed Hand Painted Hydrangeas Botanical Transferware Plate English Cottage
Brand Crown Ducal
Vintage Crown Ducal hand painted botanical plate depicting Pink and blue Hydrangeas. The plate is artist signed R E Hague just below the leaves. The main pattern is transfer printed with highlights, accents, shading and color all hand painted by one of the English potteries finest, well known artists.
The artist, Reuben Hague was born in 1880 and by the time he was just 13 years old he was apprenticed as a China painter at Royal Crown Derby. He later worked as a freelance china painter in Stoke on Trent beginning in 1906 for some time and then returned to Royal Crown Derby. His paintings and works he did during this time are some of the most costly Royal Crown Derby pieces. He painted a large number of tiles for export, and many were used in the palaces of eastern potentates. The subjects were very large for the period, representing life size mermaids and other mythological figures. Following this, Reuben moved on to designing ceramic pieces for Thomas Hulme and the Universal Company. Earlier, concurrent with his apprenticeship, he attended the Derby College of Art. Like so many Derby artists, he was very fond of watercolour paintings - landscapes in particular. Later he again worked for Royal Crown Derby on a freelance basis, painting the well-renowned portraits and reproductions of the Old Masters. In 1946 Reuben trained his son Douglas, already a ceramic designer, to become a skilled portrait painter. Just over 20 years later (1969), Reuben Hague passed away.
It has gold and light pink trim. Stamped on back with potter firm and floral identification. I have several plates from this series with different flowers on each. They are stunning!
Measures: just under 9"
Condition: No chips or cracks