Hand Painted Prattware Plaque Showing a Pair of Lions, Made England, circa 1800


Provenance: The Rouse Lench Collection
A pair of lions resting comfortably on a Prattware plaque. They probably just finished a big meal! Hand painted in three brown shades: their bodies are painted light brown, their manes, and tails a darker brown, and their muzzles an almost black, midnight brown. The brushwork is intentionally prominent. The effect is splendid! As is the case with the lions on this plaque, Prattware has raised decoration colored with underglaze oxides.

Dimensions: 11″ x 9″ x 2″ height

Condition: Excellent

In stock


See John and Griselda Lewis PRATTWARE English and Scottish relief decorated and underglaze colored earthenware 1780-1840 page 208, where it describes “a white bodied plaque with two reclining lions in relief 253mm x 311mm”. Also, see ref; The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art (Burnap Collection) b.851 (BI 305)

Background of Prattware

Prattware is a pottery style made in the late 18th and early 19th centuries by over 20 English and Scottish factories. It takes its name from the Pratt family of Staffordshire potters. But many other British factories in Staffordshire, Yorkshire, Liverpool, Sunderland, and Scotland made this type of pottery. Prattware always consists of pearled creamware decorated with figures or decorations in relief, fired at high temperature, with oxides painted under the glaze.


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