James Edward Dean (1863-1935) was one of Minton’s premier porcelain artists when he worked there between the years 1882 to 1925, by which time he had been appointed as the firm’s head artist. Dean’s specialties ranged from game animals to fish, flowers, landscape and marine painting. It is said that he was known as “Teddy” at the factory. The Victorian and Albert museum holds some of his work.
The skillful portrait of this black-headed, well-horned goat is a finely-detailed study. In a mere 3-1/8 inch diameter circle, the artist has captured the essence of the animal. Framing the portrait are two blue, 1/2-inch wide blue circles as well as two gilt ones that help create an impressive work of art.
The artist signed his work at the base of the goat’s neck. There is the Minton mark on the back, along with impressed marks that help date this piece to around 1900.
The condition of this unusual and characterful plate is simply mint.
It measures 10 inches in diameter.