Fish plate, three swimming fish, porcelain, painted by Fred Hancock, made by Doulton & Co, Burslem, England, 1891-1902
A bone china fish plate, decorated with three swimming fish. A circular foot ring rises to a concave upper face, with a shallow well, a wide border and an undulating rim. The well is painted with an underwater scene of three swimming fish and seaweed, mainly in white, grey, red and orange, on a green-blue background. The well is edged in seeded gold. The border is decorated with four cartouches, outlined in seeded gold and scrolls in raised gold. Each cartouche is painted with a depiction of seaweed, mainly in green, mauve and brown. The divisions between each cartouche are decorated with clusters of flowers and leaves, in raised white enamel and gold outline on a gold-dotted background. The rim of the plate is edged in gold and raised gold scrolls.
Maker's trademark on base, transfer printed in brown, crown surmounting irregular circle shape, with text 'DOULTON / BURSLEM' encircling central motif of four interlinked 'D's and text 'ENGLAND' beneath. Artist's signature on front face, written in brown 'F Hancock'.