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Keep within Compass Plate
1780-1809
John Aynsley
England: Staffordshire
Earthenware; paint
overall: 1 x 9 3/4 in.; 2.54 x 24.765 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund
83.4

Transfer-printed plate; design includes figure of a man inside compass with vignettes showing good and bad behavior; reads "Keep Within Compass / Keep Within Compass and You Shall Be Sure to Avoid Many Dangers which Others Endure / Fear God / Industry Produceth Wealth"; in vignettes on sides "By honest and / industrious / means / We live a life of / east."; "Then let the / compass / be your guide / and go where e're / you please"; signed on bottom of design "J Anysley / Lane End"; rim has border of transfer and hand-painted flowers; blue striping on rim; paper label on bottom of plate reads "VIGNETTE: / RAKE'S / PROGRESS: / 1) GAMBLING / SEDUCTION / 3) SHIPWRECK / 4) IMPRISON-MENT / SCHREIBER / VOL II / #411, #(371) / PLATE / 59 / SEE #371 / RAKE'S / PROGRESS / GARDEN- / "ENCLOP. / ENG. POTTii / +PORC. / PLATE 20 / VERA ELKIND COLLECTION / CAT. #."


Following in the footsteps of other ceramics manufacturers and printers, John Aynsley decorated earthenware plates, mugs and teapots with attractive transfer prints. The plate on display here was also ornamented with hand-painted flowers and colored details that enhanced the central printed design. The colorful highlights made the plate more attractive to buyers--or at least more attract to buyers willing to pay for the vibrant decoration. "Invention and Innovation in the Decorative Arts" June 2016 - ongoing