Plaque, mermaid, earthenware, made by Royal Doulton, Burslem, England, 1902-1914.
A plaque, oval in shape, made from white earthenware, bearing a decoration of a floating mermaid. The plaque is flat at the back and convex at the front. The front face is decorated, using the 'Chine' technique, with an impressed, fine open weave pattern and painted with an underwater scene. The scene depicts a mermaid, painted mainly in blue, green and brown, floating in the sea, surrounded by red, yellow and green seaweed, green fish and a brown starfish. The background is white, with blue waves.
Maker's trademark at back, transfer printed in green, lion on top of crown surmounting text 'ROYAL DOULTON / ENGLAND' encircling central motif of four interlinked 'D's. Beneath is text 'DOULTON & SLATER'S / PATENT / U.S.PATENT / 314,002'. Circular paper label adhered to base, printed in brown with the number written in black ink 'ROYAL DOULTON / - / John Slater Collection No...357'. Starburst paper label adhered to back, written in black ink 'BK/-'. Rectangular paper adhered to back, written in black ink 'B55'