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Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate - Rapunzel - 1980 - After 1979

Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate - Rapunzel - 1980
    Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate - Rapunzel - 1980

Annual editions of collector's series were an important part of the production during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Between 1971 and 1985 Wedgwood retailed a special series of plates for young collectors called 'Children's Stories'. These were in Queen's ware with bright printed designs, each depicting a different fairytale. The series was issued on 'Edme' shaped compotiers - listed as shape number 5000. The artist behind Children's Stories was not disclosed. The number of plates created was limited by the year of issue, but the size of the edition was not released. The tenth plate in the series depicted a scene from the Brothers Grimm's 'Rapunzel'.

Annual editions of collector's series were an important part of the production during the last quarter of the twentieth century. Between 1971 and 1985 Wedgwood retailed a special series of plates for young collectors called 'Children's Stories'. These were in Queen's ware with bright printed designs, each depicting a different fairytale. The series was issued on 'Edme' shaped compotiers - listed as shape number 5000. The artist behind Children's Stories was not disclosed. The number of plates created was limited by the year of issue, but the size of the edition was not released. The tenth plate in the series depicted a scene from the Brothers Grimm's 'Rapunzel'. The plate's pattern number is NM897 and was entered in the Wedgwood pattern book between January and August 1979, meaning production may have started during that year. The plate has a colourful central scene depicting Rapunzel letting down her golden hair and it being climbed by the Prince. At the top of the scene is the legend 'CHILDREN'S STORY 1980', whilst at the bottom of the scene is the legend '"RAPUNZEL" BY THE BROTHERS GRIMM'. The plate's backstamp gives a precis of the story. Items in the Children's Stories series were sold boxed and with a colour leaflet featuring a line drawing of the central scene for the recipient child to colour in. This item would have retailed for £4.20, as is indicated by the handwritten price sticker on the reverse.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/compotier
  • Mark: (Boy reading device)
    [Printed in polychrome]
    Childrens
    Stories
    [Printed in red]
    (Girl reading device)
    [Printed in polychrome]
    "Rapunzel"
    by the Brothers Grimm
    Tenth in a series for young collectors
    1980 Edition
    Once upon a time there lived a beautiful maiden
    called Rapunzel. A witch imprisoned her in a
    high tower. When the witch visited Rapunzel she
    would call to her to let down her long golden
    hair so that she might climb through the solitary
    window. One day a Prince came riding by and
    heard Rapunzel singing. He called to her and
    thinking it was the witch she let down her
    beautiful tresses and he climbed up the
    high tower. The two fell in love and
    escaped to the Prince's kingdom
    WEDGWOOD®
    of ETRURIA
    & BARLASTON
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: After 1979
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed, edge-lined
  • Accession number: 13989
  • Dimensions: 155 mm (diameter), 18 mm (depth)

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Related people

  • Jacob Grimm Associated

    Jacob Grimm - Associated (1785 - 1863)

    Born in Germany in 1785, Jacob was a German philologist, jurist and mythologist. Best known as the author (together with his younger brother Wilhelm) of the popular Grimms Fairy Tales. Unlike his brother he was never seriously ill living to the good age of 78, and continuing to work until the end in 1863.

  • Wilhelm Grimm Associated

    Wilhelm Grimm - Associated (1786 - 1859)

    Wilhelm Grimm was born in Germany in 1786 and was the younger brother of the Brothers Grimm. Best known for their fairy tales, the two brothers were inseparable for most of their lives. Even after Wilhelm married, his brother Jacob still lived under the same roof. However their characters were totally different - Wilhelm was a great lover of music with his brother's interests lying elsewhere. Wilhelm did not enjoy good health for most of his life. He died of an infection in 1859 - aged 73- in Berlin.

Glossary

  • Queen’s ware

    Queen’s ware

    In 1765 Wedgwood provided a tea and coffee service to Her Majesty Queen Charlotte (wife of George III) in the new earthenware body he had recently perfected. She was so pleased with the set that she not only allowed Josiah to style himself ‘Potter to Her Majesty’, she also allowed him to call his new earthenware ‘Queen’s ware’ - a name by which Wedgwood’s cream coloured earthenware is still known today.

  • Compotier

    Compotier

    Compotier is a bowl or deep dish, often on a stand, for serving compote (cooked whole fruit). Wedgwood have also used the term to denote smaller shallow bowls in various shapes and patterns suitable for serving nuts and olives and so on.

  • Edme shape

    Edme shape

    Edme is a ribbed Queen's Ware shape designed by John Goodwin in 1908. It continues to be one of the most popular tableware shapes ever produced by Wedgwood. The Edme pattern sold in enormous quantities in the U.S.A. - has been in continous production since its introduction, including the war years.

  • Pattern books

    Pattern books

    Josiah Wedgwood was a very methodical man and the pattern books testify to this. They were used as a permanent record for the factory personnel, to ensure that the correct pattern/design was being supplied to customers. They were also used as a ‘tool’ providing visual entertainment for the ‘shoals of ladies’ who visited the Wedgwood London showrooms - effectively acting as the antecedents of today’s colour catalogues.