Glass and Porcelain
Exceptional UNIQUE James Madison Presidential Oval Herculaneum Creamware Portrait Plate Not Listed in Arman
c. 1800 Federal Period, President James Madison Commemorative Portrait Plate Transfer on Herculaneum Creamware, UNIQUE and Not Listed in the Arman Reference, Choice Extremely Fine.
This 10" Creamware Plate features a decorative scalloped edge design with a central Oval transfer Portrait of President James Madison that measures 4.25" x 3.5". Outline trimmed in black enamel on the outer rim edge. James Madison is not identified on the plate in text, but this Transfer Portrait is an exact match to the M.5 plate in David and Linda Arman's "Anglo-American Ceramics, Part I." That plate has the printed text, "JAMES MADISON" below the portrait and that example was heralded as being previously unrecorded and UNIQUE in the reference works text. The Armans called it a "great rarity" and placed a value factor of 9.0+ (meaning if a 1.0 is valued at $1,000, that M5 plate estimated to be worth $9,000 or more). Thus, this current Plate, which was unknown to the Armans when they published their reference book in 1998, should be worth equally as much as the recorded M5 plate, or perhaps more, then being unknown and unlisted. Having the eye appeal of near new, there is some minor rub on the glazing on the outer rims paint, but its extreme rarity of this Unique "discovery" plate trumps all else. There are very few Madison Creamware example known of all types and designs to begin with, making this outstanding specimen ever more desirable. A remarkable example for advanced Presidential, Historical Glass and/or Political collectors.