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Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate with complete packaging - Tom Thumb - 1981 - After 1980

Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate with complete packaging - Tom Thumb - 1981
    Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate with complete packaging - Tom Thumb - 1981

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 eleventh plate in the series depicted a scene from the Brothers Grimm's 'Tom Thumb'.

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 eleventh plate in the series depicted a scene from the Brothers Grimm's 'Tom Thumb'. The plate's pattern number is NM927 and was entered in the Wedgwood pattern book between March and May 1980, meaning production may have started during that year. The plate has a colourful central scene depicting Tom and his parents. At the top of the scene is the legend 'CHILDREN'S STORY 1981', whilst at the bottom of the scene is the legend '"Tom Thumb" 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 as well as a join the dots puzzle. This item would have retailed for £4.75.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/compotier
  • Mark: (Boy reading device)
    [Printed in polychrome]
    Childrens
    Stories
    (Printed in red]
    (Girl reading device)
    [Printed in polychrome]
    "Tom Thumb"
    by the Brothers Grimm
    Eleventh in a series for young collectors
    1981 Edition
    Tom never grew taller than his Mother's thumb, so
    he was named Tom Thumb. When two men
    offered to buy him, Tom persuaded his father to
    agree by promising to escape and return home;
    but during his adventures he was eaten by a wolf.
    Once inside the wolf, Tom cunningly led him to
    his parents home - promising as much food as he
    could eat, then making a great noise he woke his
    father who killed the wolf, and freed Tom.
    WEDGWOOD®
    of ETRURIA
    & BARLASTON
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: After 1980
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic, paper
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed, edge-lined
  • Accession number: 14097, 14097a, 14097b, 14097c
  • Dimensions: 155 mm (diameter), 18 mm (depth), 146 mm (leaflet folded width), 146 mm (leaflet folded length), 146 mm (leaflet unfolded width), 580 mm (leaflet unfolded length), 158 mm (box lid length), 158 mm (box lid width), 20 mm (box lid depth), 155 mm (box base wi

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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.