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Plate

  • Place of origin:

    Staffordshire (made)
    Lane End (printed)

  • Date:

    ca. 1790 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown
    Aynsley, John (printer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel and painted over the glaze

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Charlotte Schreiber

  • Museum number:

    414:1212-1885

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 138, The Harry and Carol Djanogly Gallery, case I, shelf 5

Physical description

Plate of earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel and painted over the glaze. Wavy edge with a blue line, with scattered sprigs of flowers over the rim, and in the middle is a circular panel containing a pair of compasses beneath which is the figure of a woman holding a book inscribed 'The Pleasures of Imagination Realized' and standing in a landscape with a dog at her feet and beside her is an open box of jewellery inscribed 'The Reward of Virtue'. Above the compass is the inscription 'FEAR GOD'. Round the panel is the motto 'KEEP WITHIN COMPASS AND YOU SHALL BE SURE / TO AVOID MANY TROUBLES WHICH OTHERS ENDURE'. Above the panel is the motto 'KEEP WITHIN COMPASS' repeated, and below are the words 'Prudence Brings Esteem'. Surrounding the panels are vignettes representing a woman playing cards, drinking and neglecting her child, and under arrest in prison. Between the vignettes on each side is a rococo frame enclosing the mottoes 'Attend unto this / simple fact / As thro' this / Life / you rove' on the left, and 'That / virtuous and / prudent ways / Will gain / esteem and love' on the right. Coloured in green, blue, yellow, red and purple.

Place of Origin

Staffordshire (made)
Lane End (printed)

Date

ca. 1790 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown
Aynsley, John (printer)

Materials and Techniques

Earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel and painted over the glaze

Marks and inscriptions

'The Pleasures of Imagination Realized'
Inscription on the book

'The Reward of Virtue'
Inscribed on the box of jewellery

'FEAR GOD'
Inscribed above the compass

'KEEP WITHIN COMPASS AND YOU SHALL BE SURE / TO AVOID MANY TROUBLES WHICH OTHERS ENDURE'
Inscribed round the panel

'KEEP WITHIN COMPASS'
Inscribed above the panel

'Prudence Brings Esteem'
Inscribed below the panel

'Attend unto this / simple fact / As thro' this / Life / you rove'
Inscribed in the left frame

'That / virtuous and / prudent ways / Will gain / esteem and love'
Inscribed in the right frame

'J. Aynsley, Lane End'
Signed at the bottom of the print

Dimensions

Diameter: 24.4 cm

Descriptive line

Plate of earthenware transfer-printed in black enamel and painted over the glaze, printed by John Aynsley, Lane End, maker unknown, made in Staffordshire, ca. 1790.

Materials

Earthenware

Techniques

Transfer-printed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Landscape; Compass; Dog; Woman; Flowers; Jewellery; Book

Categories

Ceramics; Earthenware

Collection

Ceramics Collection

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