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Lg Scenes After Constable Red / Pink Transferware Platter Flatford Mill Pastoral Scene Horse & Child
VINTAGE RED TRANSFER WARE PLATTER
For consideration is this hard to find, red transferware platter by Grindley of England. Taken from John Constables painting "Flatford Mill" from the Scenes After Constable series. The platter has a beautiful embossed border. It is simply stunning!
Very hard to find.
Measures 16" x 13 1/4"
Condition: No chips, cracks. There is only some crazing commensurate with age and some small flakes on the back rim. Glaze has darkened to a creamy color givng a nice patina. As you can see in the close up of the scene there is some crazing that has darkened in the lines a little over age.
John Constable's father was a wealthy Suffolk miller. Constable's truthfulness to nature and devotion to his native scene have passed into legend. Less widely known, however, is his biographer's report that it was seeing Claude's Hagar and the Angel (now in the National Galleery, London) and watercolours by Girtin which first provided him with 'pictures that he could rely on as guides to the study of nature'. Ruisdael, Rubens, Wilson and Annibale Carracci were among other 'reliable guides' whose work he copied as a young man. He also learned from contemporary painters, never forgetting the advice given him by Benjamin West, the President of the Royal Academy: 'Always remember, sir, that light and shadow never stand still...in your skies... always aim at brightness...even in the darkest effects...your darks should look like the darks of silver, not of lead or of slate.'
Constable's youthful exclamation, 'There is room enough for a natural painture [i.e. style of painting]', must be understood not as the outpouring of a 'natural painter' but as the proclamation of an aspiring student struggling for proficiency in the language of art, which shaped his deepest feelings before he could give expression to them.
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