WEDGWOOD AESTHETIC MOVEMENT TRANSFERWARE PLATE WITH PINK AND MAUVE WATER LILLIES
This is one of several Water Lilly plates I have at the moment. The Water Lilly design was first introduced c.1810, and produced primarily in blue and white, brown and white and black and white. Towards the end of the 19th century, innovations in printing processes and inks enabled the introduction of different color ways. This plate has a brown transfer design of water lilies, which are botanically correct with an aesthetic placement of the blooms. The colors are hand painted. On this particular plate the hand painted colors are pale and delicate shades of pinks and mauves, further accented by a medium brown painted edge. The unusually pale colors make the flowers look ethereal. The colors are not faded, just pale. (I also have a tulip plate in pinks and mauve in much stronger tones. )
The Water-Lilly plate is 10" in diameter. The printed marks include WATER-LILLY, WEDGWOOD and ETRURIA ENGLAND. There is also an impressed WEDGWOOD. The pattern number is A4363. An impressed P suggests the year of manufacture was 1887. Condition is excellent, with chips, cracks and only mild crazing. The painted edge has some tiny losses of paint, which do not detract from the overall beauty.