Rabbits and Frogs and Cows
St. Augustine Ware ~ England ~ c.1907
This is a very large colorful hand painted transferware charger platter from the genre of rabbit ware plates that have become very popular.
Measuring 13 5/8 inches in diameterx 2 inches tall. The plattter is decorated with rich chocolate brown transfer print which was then hand painted in a brilliant green, yellow, brick red and brown, depicting four rabbits, one coming out of the rabbit hole or warren. Two frogs soak up the sun in mid-stream and cows graze nearby in the English countryside.
The piece recites the amusing rhyme, " SEASON ME WELL WITH PEPPER AND SALT, AND JUST A PINCH OF MUSTARD YELLOW. AN' DON'T FORGET THE ALE OF MALT, FOR THAT'S THE JUICE THAT MAKES ME MELLOW "
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