This exceptional portrait plate features - we believe - the Biblical personage of Ruth. Even if we are mistaken, the artist M J Gray expended extraordinary care and skill in rendering the beautiful young woman hand painted on the 12 1/2" charger. While transfer plates with hand painting abound, fully hand painted ones are the exception rather than the rule. Condition is outstanding in the portrait area, while there may be red paint loss on the beautifully gilded rim.
The back is stamped with the Haviland mark of 1876-1889, and signed by the artist on the front. The plate was most likely painted prior to 1880.
Dimension: 12 1/2" d