These plaques have a lovely buttery copper-lustre edges from c1840s. The splashed borders, made by dropping turpentine onto a still-wet pink-lustre ground, are uncannily similar – the drips having been applied with the same rhythm on each plaque, starting in one corner and working round. All four plaques are lightly potted (they stack well together) and have a slightly gritty or granular feel, from where they received the same shower of kiln dust.
Plaques are most often found as singles or pairs. Even series like The Bottle are rarely recorded in anything more than twos. (Plaques were more expensive than children's plates, which do seem to have been sold as sets.) So if I'm excited about the group above, it's because it is the largest true set of plaques I've ever seen.