Staffordshire transfer-printed salt-glazed stoneware scalloped plate, printed in red with a fable subject "The Raven and the Swan" within a diaper and cartouche molded border and brown-edged rim

Plate with scene from “The Raven and the Swan”

Staffordshire, Possibly decorated in Liverpool or Birmingham, England

1755/60

During the eighteenth century, illustrations from Aesop’s Fables were commonly used as decoration on a variety of ceramic types. There were many publications containing engravings of the fables, and these were all used as design sources. The scene on this rare salt-glazed fable plate is “The Raven and the Swan.”