Plate, birds in field, painted by Fred Hancock, made by Royal Doulton, Burslem, England, 1902-1914.
A bone china plate, decorated with three birds in a field. A circular foot ring rises to a concave upper face, with a wide border and shallow well. The well is painted with an outdoor scene of three brown and white snowy plovers standing in an open field. The field is depicted mainly in yellow and brown, with a yellow and green background. The border is painted gold, with an intricate relief decoration of bands of triangles, dots, rosettes, intertwined leaves and a ladder pattern. The foot ring is also painted gold.
Maker's trademark at back, transfer printed in purple, lion on top of crown surmounting text 'ROYAL DOULTON / ENGLAND' encircling central motif of four interlinked 'D's. Maker's number on base, in impressed text '4-09'. Artist's inscription on base, written in brown 'Snowy Plover'. Starburst paper label adhered to back, written in pencil '2H / 1X/X9-'. Circular paper label adhered to base, printed in brown, with the number written in black ink 'ROYAL DOULTON / - / John Slater Collection No...401'. Rectangular paper label adhered to base, written in black ink 'B168'.