Artist Paint Color Salesman Sample Trial Plate
Staffordshire England Brown Palette
This porcelain color sample trial plate is a very unusual collectors item or art studio/interior design/shop prop. The plate measures 10-3/4 inches in diameter. It represents a selection of kiln fired enamel paints that were made for pottery and porcelain decoration.
The unmarked blank plate was fabricated in Staffordshire England and painted to demonstrate and study a spectrum or range of colors when applied to the porcelain material. The plate shows a subtle graduated palette of about 50 shades, tints and hues in the brown family, with hints of red, orange and yellow golden toning, all hand painted by the artist. The enamel colors were dabbed on, each color assigned a number (N205-N256) which has been hand written in microscopic size lettering. The numbers appear to be related to historical pigments. The plate was fired at over 800-840 degrees. The center of the plate reads ‘ORANGE-BRUN SERIE 11-12’ and the back of the plate repeats the series number.
The plate is unsigned and has no makers mark or artist name, possibly being made for the artist’s personal use. The plate is contemporary, sourced in the Staffordshire region and guaranteed authentic.
Test/Color Sample Plates were used as a guide for artists and painters to ensure accuracy and consistency in colors, for practice work or to show colors to customers. Some were made for display in a shop, carried by paint salesman and shown in pottery manuacturers catalogs. These plates were not made for sale.
The plate is in great condition with no chips cracks or repairs. Minor irregularities on a few of the color dabs, original to the making. Fine original condition.
The plate is unique, one of a kind perfect for the artist potter or anyone with an artistic flair. The colorful ware displays beautifully, would light up any works space wall. Sold as is. One other plate is available; they are being sold individually.
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