RARE PLATE BY DICKENS' ILLUS."PHIZ" H.K.BROWNE.1862
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All Items: Antiques: Decorative Art: Ceramics: English: Pre 1900: item # 86543
|A RARE DINNER PLATE designed by "PHIZ" (pseudonym of HABLOT KNIGHT BROWNE). Made by William Brownfield, Cobridge, Staffordshire, 1862. With an impressed mark on reverse - "W.B." and registration mark for March 14, 1862 stamped in brown. Also stamped in brown, "The Drawings for this Dinner Service (all within a banner)/ ARE BY/ "PHIZ"./ H.K.BROWNE." The plate has a rim decorated with fruits and leaves and edged in turquoise. The center features classical figures in a landscape setting. Hablot Knight Browne (1815 - 1882) was Charles Dickens' favorite illustrator of his works. They both used pseudonyms - Browne's being "Phiz" while Dickens' choice was "Boz". Browne is an important 19th century artist and this is a rare departure from his usual output. Measures 9 1/2 inches in diameter. With very light overall crazing really only visible by magnification (as shown in enlargements). In very good condition otherwise. A wonderful CABINET DISPLAY PIECE.|