'Death of the Bear' plate
Regular price £195
A plate of lead glazed earthenware from the Spode Indian sporting series, decorated with an Indian hunting scene in blue transfer titled 'Death of the Bear'. Circa 1819 - 1822.
Based on Samuel Howitt's engravings from 'Indian Field Sports' published in 1807, the scene shows hunters on horseback and elephants with their dogs, killing a hunted bear with spears and gunshot. The rim of the plate is also decorated with pictorials of traditional Indian game, including tigers, cranes, boar and bears.
The reverse of the plate shows the title in blue transfer, along with an embossed makers mark for Copeland. Known to be made by the Burslem factory of E. Challinor, Stoke-on-Trent, with an example in the V&A museum.