19th C. Staffordshire “Millenium” Pattern Plate
A red transferware plate by Ralph Stevenson & Son, circa 1820.
The border is decorated with a selection of fruit and leaves.
At the top of the border is an image of the all-seeing eye of God, below which is an image of a Bible opened to Isaiah's prophecy, Ch.XI:6: "The wolf also shall dwell with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them".
In the center is a scene of a child surrounded by various animals, including a lion and a lamb, beneath the words “Peace on Earth”.
Below this scene is a vignette of a robed man praying and the words “Give us this day our daily bread”.
Printed on the reverse is the word “Millenium” in a cartouche above Stevenson’s mark “R.S. & S.”. Unusually, there is also an impressed crown.
The pattern is illustrated and discussed in “The Dictionary of Blue and White Printed Pottery 1780-1880 Vol. I” by Coysh and Henrywood at page 247.
There is a minor stain and a tiny glaze frit on the front, otherwise in excellent condition consistent with age and usage.
Dimensions: Approximately 9¾” diameter.