Bentley Chappell and Nancy Barshter
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AESOP'S FABLES PLATTER DRAINER ~STAG ~ 1835
THE STAG LOOKING INTO THE WATER
Copeland and Garrett ~ New Blanche Potteries
Staffordshire, England 1833 - 1847
This rare large drainer measures 11 1/2 inches long x 8 1/8 inches wide. It is crisply transfer printed in the best green color.
Oversized flowers with hidden fox heads, center has the Stag at waters edge seeing his reflection.
A Stag, drinking from a crystal spring, saw himself mirrored in the clear water. He greatly admired the graceful arch of his antlers, but he was very much ashamed of his spindling legs.
"How can it be," he sighed, "that I should be cursed with such legs when I have so magnificent a crown."
At that moment he scented a panther and in an instant was bounding away through the forest. But as he ran his wide-spreading antlers caught in the branches of the trees, and soon the Panther overtook him. Then the Stag perceived that the legs of which he was so ashamed would have saved him had it not been for the useless ornaments on his head.
We often make much of the ornamental and despise the useful.
No utensil wear and appears to have never been used. A large flat chip along the right edge. We rarely add a damaged piece to our shop unless it’s worthy of merit, a good restoration piece.