I bought the plaque below known as Patricia and her Lover many years ago. Each time I look at it or even think of it, I catch my breath. It is impressively large at 13.8" and was made circa 1785. It is attributed to Ralph Wood.
In the 1990s we regularly visited New York, and I would admire the pottery displayed in Leo Kaplan’s beautiful Madison Avenue shop window. For a while the window held a pair of separate plaques of Patricia and her lover, like the pair below.
Notice that the plaque of Patricia is the larger, and that of her lover the smaller. I assume they were made in different sizes so that when hung on a wall he might appear to be gazing at her from afar. This pair is from Falkner's The Wood Family of Burslem, published over a century ago. They seem to be strongly colored, but I don't know if they exist any more--I shudder to think of what time, and the WW2 Blitz in particular, have claimed. On the other hand, the Kaplan pair, the only other pair I know of, were in softer browns and greens, rather like the single plaque of Patricia shown alongside.
A similar engraving on the same theme is also found transfer-printed on mugs, as seen on the creamware mug alongside.
Today, I looked up my collection records to see what I paid for our Patricia and her Lover, and it was shockingly expensive.....but it was worth every penny because it is an experience in pleasure that I have enjoyed for ages and intend enjoying for the rest of my days. Will younger generations feel the same way about their frivolous pleasurable experiences? I doubt it. They believe objects depreciate while memories appreciate. Oh, do they have a lot to learn!