Of cherubs and bats

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After some time away, it is refreshing to be back in my stock room and clear out some items that have been waiting to be highlighted. So Today something that is not up to my usual standard, but entirely adorable: a set of plates made by Minton in 1863. It is worn and beaten up and has a wonderful staple repair, but I could not resist it when I found it - and I believe it deserves to be seen!

In the early 19th Century "bat printing" became a popular way to decorate porcelain. Now if you think that has something to do with bats (the animals) - it does not! It stands for the particular way transfer prints were generally only done for about 10 years, roughly between 1810 and 1820. However, Minton kept using this technique throughout the 19th Century.