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Queen's ware Peter Rabbit Birthday plate 1996 - 1995

Queen's ware Peter Rabbit Birthday plate 1996
    Queen's ware Peter Rabbit Birthday plate 1996

Wedgwood had manufactured Peter Rabbit nurseryware since 1949 under licence from Beatrix Potter's publishers, Frederick Warne & Co. Between 1981 and 2003 Wedgwood retailed annual Birthday plates featuring Peter Rabbit or other Potter characters in Queen's ware as an extension to their nurseryware giftware range. This plate from 1996 features a central print of Peter in a flower garden with trug and spade on a summer's day.

Wedgwood had manufactured Peter Rabbit nurseryware since 1949 under licence from Beatrix Potter's publishers, Frederick Warne & Co. Between 1981 and 2003 Wedgwood retailed annual Birthday plates featuring Peter Rabbit or other Potter characters in Queen's ware as an extension to their nurseryware giftware range. This plate from 1996 features a central print of Peter in a flower garden with trug and spade on a summer's day.The border features vignettes of fruit and vegetables bound by blue ribbons. Amongst the border is the legend 'PETER RABBIT wishes you a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY 1996'. The plate is lined in sky blue and is 'Vogue' shaped. The plate was produced under pattern number NM1072. Typically Birthday plates were manufactured during the year before that celebrated, meaning this item was probably produced in 1995. These plates would have retailed, giftboxed and with a colour illustrated leaflet, for £12.95 as indicated by the handwritten price sticker on the reverse.

  • Type of object: Ornamental ware/plates and platters
  • Mark: (THE WORLD OF PETER RABBIT Peter Rabbit FREDERICK WARNE device)™
    PETER RABBIT™
    © Frederick Warne & Co. 1995
    WEDGWOOD®
    MADE IN ENGLAND
    [Printed in black]
    19
    [Printed in sky blue]
    .
    [Painted in sky blue]
  • Year produced: 1995
  • Body: Queen's ware, cream-coloured earthenware
  • Glaze: clear glaze
  • Material: ceramic
  • Decoration: silk-screen print lithographed, edge-lined
  • Accession number: 13943
  • Dimensions: 202 mm (diameter), 22 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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    Frederick Warne & Co was founded in 1865 by a bookseller turned publisher who gave his name to the firm. His three sons took over the business towards the end of the century, specialising in the publication of children's books and stories. Although the firm initially turned down the chance to publish the first Beatrix Potter book about Peter Rabbit, the brothers changed their mind on the understanding that Miss Potter redid all the illustrations in colour.

    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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    Nurseryware by Wedgwood was usually of Queen's Ware, and included mugs, plates, porringers and teacups and saucers. The most celebrated nurseryware range by Wedgwood was the Peter Rabbit set, reproduced from original Beatrix Potter drawings.
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