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Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate with packaging - The Ugly Duckling - 1974 - After 1973

Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate with packaging - The Ugly Duckling - 1974
    Queen's ware annual Children's Stories plate with packaging - The Ugly Duckling - 1974

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 fourth plate in the series depicted a scene from Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Ugly Duckling'.

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 fourth plate in the series depicted a scene from Hans Christian Andersen's 'The Ugly Duckling'. The plate's pattern number is NM772 and was entered in the Wedgwood pattern book in October 1973. The plate has a colourful central scene depicting the swan the ugly duckling became. At the top of the scene is the legend 'CHILDREN'S STORY 1974', whilst at the bottom of the scene is the legend '"The Ugly Duckling" by Hans Christian Andersen'. 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.

  • Type of object: Dinner ware/compotier
  • Mark: (Boy reading device)
    [Printed in polychrome]
    Childrens
    Stories
    [Printed in sky blue]
    (Girl reading device)
    [Printed in polychrome]
    "The Ugly Duckling"
    by Hans Christian Andersen
    Fourth in a series for young collectors
    1974 Edition
    The ugly duckling being so ugly hid himself
    away during the winter. Spring returned and he
    flew into a beautiful garden where he saw three
    swans. He felt compelled to join them although
    they might kill him for being so ugly. He bowed
    his head in humility and saw beneath him his
    reflection, no longer that of a plump grey bird
    it was that of a swan.
    WEDGWOOD
    of ETRURIA
    & BARLASTON
    MADE IN
    ENGLAND
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: After 1973
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: cream
  • Material: ceramic, paper
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed, edge-lined
  • Accession number: 14099, 14099a, 14099b
  • Dimensions: 155 mm (diameter), 18 mm (depth), 158 mm (box lid length), 158 mm (box lid width), 20 mm (box lid depth), 155 mm (box base width), 155 mm (box base width), 18 mm (box base depth)

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  • Hans Christian Andersen Associated

    Hans Christian Andersen - Associated (1805 - 1875)

    Born in Odense Denmark in 1805, Hans Christian Anderson was a novelist, poet and short story writer. He became best known for his fairy tales which subsequently amused and entertained children all over the world. His fairy tales were published in over 125 different languages. The tales have inspired films, plays, ballets and animated films. Hans died in Copenhagen, aged 70, in 1870.

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.