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Original 1855 Child's Glazed Earthenware Plate with Transfer Vignette]: UNCLE TOM'S CABIN: ELIZA CROSSING THE OHIO ON THE FLOATING ICE.


Published by [Staffordshire Knot/ "J H"],, [Staffordshire, England]:, 1855
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[STOWE, Harriet Beecher][1855 "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN" STAFFORDSHIRE CHILD'S PLATE]. [Original 1855 Child's Glazed Earthenware Plate with Transfer Vignette]: UNCLE TOM'S CABIN: ELIZA CROSSING THE OHIO ON THE FLOATING ICE. surrounded by the printed caption: "UNCLE TOM'S CABIN/ ELIZA CROSSING THE OHIO ON THE FLOATING ICE" [Attributed to one of five Staffordshire Potters, using the impressed mark of their initials "J H" under an impressed Staffordshire Knot-- see Godden. 'Encyclopaedia of British Pottery and Porcelain Marks,' p. 724, noting five distinct Staffordshire potters using these initials, "J H": John Hawthorn of Burslem (1853-54), John Holland of Tunstall (1852-54), John Hebb of Fenton (1856-57), John Hughes of Cobridge (1864) and John Holloway (1862-67)]. Octagonal, child's glazed earthenware plate, measuring 6-1/4 inches, with bas-relief floral and fleur-de-lis motif on rim, illustrated with black transfer printed pictorial scene, "Eliza Crossing the Ohio on the Floating Ice." An uncommon example of an early "Uncle Tom Tie-In," manufactured to capitalize on the widespread popularity of the novel [see Stevenson. "Virtue Displayed: The Tie-Ins of Uncle Tom's Cabin," featured at the University of Virginia online exhibition, "Uncle Tom's Cabin & American Culture." Thirteen different examples of similar glazed earthenware plates are featured in the exhibit, on loan from the Katherine Seymour Day and Harry Birdhoff Collections, at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center [catalogue nos. 81.36.1-4, etc.]; and the Mary Schlosser Collection, at Vassar [cf. 'Materials from the Uncle Tom's Cabin Exhibition,' at Vassar, Checklist Item No. 37]. This plate is not among the thirteen examples known to be in institutional holdings, which were included in the exhibition. It differs in both size and shape, and the pictorial vignette is also a variant of the examples illustrated [cf. Margolin. "And Freedom to the Slave: Anti-Slavery Ceramics, 1877-1865," pp. 80-109, in 'Ceramics in America' (2002)]. Slight age-crackling to glaze and faint blueing to extremities (as usual), very small chip at bottom edge, else in near fine condition. Original circa 1855 child's glazed earthenware plate, illustrated with black transfer printed vignette, with an iconic scene from Uncle Tom's Cabin, depicting Eliza, clutching her baby, crossing the Ohio river on floating ice. Bookseller Inventory # 67041

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Publisher: [Staffordshire Knot/ "J H"],, [Staffordshire, England]:

Publication Date: 1855

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