Queen Anne (1665–1714) was the last of the Stuart monarchs. She is remembered best for achieving the union of England and Scotland in 1707, but according to Lancashire auctioneers Silverwoods, it was probably the unusually small size of this English delft plate rather than any other factor that was the main reason it earned a resounding £3,200 against an estimate of £200-300. Clearly the nibbles around the rim and the crack running from the centre to the edge of the 22cm wide plate, commonplace with the soft nature of the ware, were no deterrent and its unlikely Olivia Colman’s Oscar-winning performance in the movie ‘The Favourite’ had any bearing. Perhaps it was simply that these naively potted and decorated commemoratives become ever more scarce and desirable. Flemish immigrant potters brought the tin glazed earthenware with them and set up notably in London, Bristol and Liverpool producing both decorative and domestic pieces from the mid-16th to the late 18th century.