What's wrong with the plaque below, currently for sale on eBay?
The enamels have been carefully faked by someone, hoping to realise more money than the item is actually worth. How do I know? I bought one from the same seller several years ago (see below).
The colours are too shrill and were never used by Victorian potters to decorate plaques. If you have an item of lustreware with this particular green and orange-brown, you probably bought it from 1079edmund. The leaves and flowers are coloured in far too neatly. Compare the decoration with that on the large plaques at the bottom of the prepare to meet thy god sub-page.
Here is how the plaque should look (right image). I bought this plaque from a reputable auction house a few weeks ago (click on the images below to enlarge).
I've posted a selection of 1079edmund's artistic handiwork on the fake over-painted items sub-page above.
So why haven't I reported this faker to eBay? I have. The full story is here:
Please contact me if you have purchased a suspect item from this seller.
Stephen Smith lives in London, and is always happy to hear from other collectors. If you have an interesting collection of plaques, and are based in the UK, he will photograph them for you. Free advice given regarding selling and dispersal of a collection, or to those wishing to start one. Just get in touch...
This website is indebted to collectors, dealers and enthusiasts who have shared their knowledge or photos. In particular: Ian Holmes, Stephen Duckworth, Dick Henrywood, Norman Lowe, Keith Lovell, Donald H Ryan, Harold Crowder, Jack and Joyce Cockerill, Myrna Schkolne, Elinor Penna, Ian Sharp, Shauna Gregg at the Sunderland Museum, Keith Bell, Martyn Edgell, and Liz Denton.