MINTON NATURALIST PLATE, PIERRE MALLET, DUCKLING & LEAPING FROG. he duckling is standing with his mouth wide open, either hoping to catch the frog for a meal, or agape that the from is managing to escape him! Minton produced a series depicting ducklings at play in the yard or foraging for food. This plate has a black transfer on a celadon green clay background, enhanced with hand painting in yellow on the duckling and green on the frog and the pond lily leaves. The plate is 10.25” in diameter and is in very good condition. . There is a shallow edge chip of 1/3” on the bottom edge and some glaze wear. The designs are very realistic, and yet, they drawings also convey the personality of the birds, with their energy and ingenuity in scavenging for food. The designer is Pierre Mallet, who also did similar bird designs for Wedgwood and Brownfield. See other listings which show more ducklings, as well as chickens. Pierre Mallet portrays the ducklings as being a little more vicious than the chickens. The impressed marks include MINTON as well as a small printed globe, a small triangle with a circle in it (indicating 1878 as date of manufacture). These plates are terrific display plates, and great conversation pieces!