The story of Joseph is the Biblical story that appears most often on 19th century children's pottery. There are two major Joseph series: Sacred History of Joseph and his Brethren and History of Joseph as well as individual patterns on cups and plates. I have always loved the story of Joseph: his coat of many colors, his interpretation of dreams, his brothers' jealousy (they wanted to kill him! they sell him!), his success in Egypt, his forgiveness of his brothers. The story was meaningful to me when I was a child. It still is.
I was lucky to buy 11 plates in the Sacred History of Joseph and his Brethren series a few years ago. I thought I would share them with you. ( I have added a twelfth pattern that I found later). There is no pattern that shows Joseph and his coat of many colors, which to me is the impetus for the whole Joseph story. If Jacob hadn't shown such favoritism to Joseph (the son of his beloved Rachel), Joseph's brothers would not have hated him. Of course, they also hated him for his dreams, which do appear on the plates.
Read the Story of Joseph here.
|Joseph's First Dream|
|Joseph's Second Dream|
|Reuben interceding with his Brethren for the Life of Joseph|
|Joseph sold by his Brethren to the Ishmeelites (I love the large camels)|
|Portiphar's Wife falsely accusing Joseph|
|Joseph interpreting the Dreams of Pharaohs (sic) Chief Butler and Baker|
|Joseph interpreting Pharaohs (sic) Dreams|
|Josephs (sic) Brethren Applying to him for Corn in the time of Famine/You can see that this plate is from the same series, but has an alphabet molded border and added color.|
|Judah resigning himself and his Brethren into the hands of Joseph|
|Joseph making himself known to his Brethren|
|Joseph meeting with Jacob his Father|
|Joseph introducing his Father and five Brethren unto Pharaoh|