Wallis Gimson Commemorative Plate - Benjamin Disraeli

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Wallis Gimson Commemorative Plate titled: "The Right Hon Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, KG"

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Dimensions:

W-25 H-25 (cm)

Item Reference:

58667-864-2Tip! This item's Ref-Code breaks down thus...
Item Ref Code: 58667-864-2
Item No. 58667 - Dealer No. 864 - Building No. 2

Description

A Wallis Gimson Commemorative Plate titled: "The Right Hon Benjamin Disraeli, Earl of Beaconsfield, KG".
Late 19thc.
In the centre of the octagonal shaped plate is a black and white picture of Disraeli. The picture is particularly reminiscent of a lithographical print from the period and shows Disraeli seated, maybe in the office at his Buckinghamshire Home, Hughendon (now National Trust) where he is now buried in the nearby churchyard of St Michael and All Angels.
Beneath the picture of Disraeli on the plate is written:
"What practice howsoe'er expert in fitting aptest words to things, or voice, the richest-toned that sings hath power to give thee as thou wert?"
The image and words are surrounded by an Oxford frame, upon which is mounted a crown, and yellow primroses around the sides. The perimeter of the plate is gilded.
"Rd No 41050" is on reverse of plate
The plate was produced as part of a series which celebrated the achievements of many Victorian figures. The octagonal shaped series was made in good earthenware by Wallis Gimson & Company (1884 to 1890) of Fenton, Stoke on Trent which was part of the area of Staffordshire known as The Potteries.
Benjamin Disraeli (born 21 Dec 1804 and died on 19 April 1881) was a British statesman who twice served as Prime Minister (from 20 Feb 1874 to 21 Apr 1880 and 27 Feb 1868 to 1 Dec 1868). He was made Earl of Beaconsfield by Queen Victoria in 1879.
Disraeli, who was known as ‘Dizzy’, was reputed to have said, “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damn lies and statistics.”
As Benjamin Disraeli’s coffin was lowered into the ground, on 26 Apr 1881, the attention of the crowded mourners and reporters fixed on a simple primrose wreath amidst the mass of floral tributes left in the churchyard at Hughenden, Buckinghamshire. It had been sent by Queen Victoria, with a simple message attached: ‘His favourite flowers’.
A cult rapidly grew up around Disraeli’s memory and, taking its cue from the Queen, found its expression in two innovations: the Primrose League and ‘Primrose Day’.
‘Primrose Day’ fell on the anniversary of his death, and for decades was marked by an orgy of primrose tributes around the country: dramatic arrangements were laid at the base of his public memorials, and primroses were worn as buttonholes and in hats, as garlands, necklaces and even girdles. It was said that Disraeli would have shuddered at the “vulgarity” of it all. Anticipating the first ‘Primrose Day’ in 1882, the Daily News thought it a strangely commonplace symbol of Disraeli’s genius, suggesting that a “strange and gorgeous tropical plant, which only blossoms once in a hundred years, some blossom of piercing and pungent colour” would be more appropriate.

Dimensions of plate:
25 cm x 25 cm

Specifications

Item Reference
58667-864-2
Dimensions
Height: 25 cm
Width: 25 cm
Era
Victorian
Material
Ceramic
Period
1880 - 1901, C19th (Late Victorian)
Country of Origin
England
Condition
Good condition for its age. Some of gilding around edge of plate is worn and there is some crazing but no damage

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