The rendering of the scene is very close to that of the Italian pattern and may well have been the original inspiration for the famous Spode design.
Over the years it was produced on a wide variety of shapes in earthenware.One Spode catalogue from the 1920s/1930s records over 700 different shapes available - quite a feat of production.In 1962 a limited range of tableware was made in black with pattern number S3372.The pattern appeared in several different versions over the years.On his return home the sketches were combined into an attractive scene which, later, Spode used and chose to call the Italian Pattern. There may even have been a print from a painting and then another painting taken from the print by a different artist.
In 1989 the Spode Museum purchased a late seventeenth century pen and wash drawing by an unknown artist.It was in continuous production up to the closure of the factory in 2009.The design was immediately popular and remained a best seller.Depicting a rabbit family munching on cabbage leaves it is hand painted within the lines of the transfer in shades of pink, yellow, blue, green and taupe / brown.It features the very famous Tower border in the Delft style. Circa 1890's Gadroon (pie crust) scalloped edge Measures appx 9 1/2" Condition: No chips or cracks with exception to one plate having a couple of small chips on the back side which are not visible to the front, light surface scratches and crazing Marked with transferware printed stamp, impressed stamp dating between 1894-1910 *There are 2 of these plates available at the time of sale, however there is very subtle color difference mostly seen in the color of the cabbage.The reason for its tremendous appeal is difficult to place but perhaps it is due to the unusual combination of a classical scene with a Chinese border.