This plate has been hand thrown in England of naturally red English clay, slipped with naturally white English clay, and then hand-incised, before being glazed with with a clear glaze, picking out the scratches through the slip to the darker red clay as black. This ancient technique is known as sgraffito, and was used by the romans to create frescos. Each piece is engraved entirely by hand, using just a pointed wooden stylus, so is slightly different from the next.
The illustrations were originally made in 1729 by the Swiss draughtsman Christoph Brunner (Basel, 1696-1733) as an extended ornamental flourish to a classical text, drawn in a single, beautifully economical line. Christoph Brunner’s drawings were found in Shatzkammer der Schreibkunst (A Treasury of Art Writing), edited by Jan Tschichold, published in Basel in 1945, and sadly long out of print.
Each plate has a diameter of approx 10½” (27cm) at the top. Please bear in mind that this hand-made pottery should be washed by hand, and is not suitable for microwaves, ovens, or dishwashers.