SUPERB STAFFORDSHIRE GREEN TRANSFERWARE PLATE
THE FOX AND THE GRAPES
Copeland and Garrett ~ New Blanche
Staffordshire, England 1833 - 1847
This outstanding and rare plate measures 6 1/4 inches wide. It is crisply transfer printed in a rich green.
The plate has a wonderful irregularly scalloped edge and a border pattern of trios of large flowers separated by hydrangea blossoms, Fox heads and wild roses.
The central image illustrates the fable by Aesop of The Fox and the Grapes:
One hot summer's day a Fox was strolling through an orchard till he came to a bunch of Grapes just ripening on a vine which had been trained over a lofty branch. "Just the thing to quench my thirst," quoth he. Drawing back a few paces, he took a run and a jump, and just missed the bunch. Turning round again with a One, Two, Three, he jumped up, but with no greater success. Again and again he tried after the tempting morsel, but at last had to give it up, and walked away with his nose in the air, saying: "I am sure they are sour."
It is easy to despise what you cannot get.
Never Used. The plate displays beautifully and is in Excellent condition.
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