The Sporting Life - I


Wedgwood English Aesthetic Movement Bird Dog Transferware Plate (LEO Design)


Is it the Autumnal Damp?  Or is it the The Crown?  I'm not a hunter, but I've been thinking a lot about hunting dogs lately.  In preparation for Season Six of The Crown, we decided to go back to Square One: Season One, Episode One.  Gorgeous Scottish vistas, royals mucking through the damp, and, naturally, lots of dogs.  The series makes it quite clear: if one could not handle the mess of Nature, one probably could not handle the mess of The Family.  Anyhow, all this bingeing has me thinking much about "Country Sport" (as the British call it).

Shown here, a Wedgwood plate, from the late Victorian Era, decorated with a brown transfer ware pattern: a bird dog, a grouse, and a gorgeous Aesthetic Movement graphic border.  Of course, aristocrats would bear the elements on their own terms.  Handsome tweedy outerwear.  A "loader" to get their next gun ready.  Dogs to fetch the prize.  And a warm meal (and drinks) the moment they've had enough of the cold.  This plate captures the scene handsomely.  Click on the photo above to learn more about this plate.


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