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Queen's ware commemorative Peter Rabbit Christmas plate 2002 - 2002

Queen's ware commemorative Peter Rabbit Christmas plate 2002
    Queen's ware commemorative Peter Rabbit Christmas plate 2002

The last quarter of the twentieth century saw a variety of items specifically released to celebrate Christmas. These had a strong appeal to the collectors market. Between 1981 and 2003 Wedgwood retailed annual Peter Rabbit Christmas plates in Queen's ware with bright printed designs. Wedgwood had manufactured Peter Rabbit nurseryware since 1949 under licence from Beatrix Potter's publishers, Frederick Warne & Co. This plate from 2002 features a central print of Mr and Mrs Rabbit returning home in the snow.

The last quarter of the twentieth century saw a variety of items specifically released to celebrate Christmas. These had a strong appeal to the collectors market. Between 1981 and 2003 Wedgwood retailed annual Peter Rabbit Christmas plates in Queen's ware with bright printed designs. Wedgwood had manufactured Peter Rabbit nurseryware since 1949 under licence from Beatrix Potter's publishers, Frederick Warne & Co. This plate from 2002 features a central print of Mr and Mrs Rabbit returning home in the snow. The border features the legend 'Merry Christmas 2002 from PETER RABBIT' with festive holly, mistletoe and pine foliage with pine combs bound together by an orange check ribbon against a cream ground bordered on the exterior by green check. The plate is edge lined in red. The series was issued on 'Vogue' shaped plates. The number of plates created was limited by the year of issue, but the size of the edition was not released. This item would have retailed, giftboxed and with a colour illustrated leaflet, for £15.00. The plate is barcoded ready for sale.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/plates and platters
  • Mark: (THE WORLD OF PETER RABBIT FREDERICK WARNE Peter Rabbit circular device)™
    PETER RABBIT™
    © Frederick Warne & Co. 2002
    WEDGWOOD®
    ENGLAND 1759
    [Printed in black]
  • Year produced: 2002
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: white
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed
  • Accession number: 13926
  • Dimensions: 205 mm (diameter), 20 mm (depth)

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    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.

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    So in 1902 'The Tale of Peter Rabbit' was published, and thus began a forty year partnership that saw the publishing of a further 22 books and the developement of a long lasting merchandising programme.

    In 1983, Frederick Warne & Co was aquired by Penguin Books, and the merchandising programme was expanded from 35 licences to over 400 by the late 1990's. The programme continues to grow up to present day with licences for TV, DVD and films.

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