A rare Barr, Flight and Barr plate painted by William Billingsley circa 1808-13
Lot 227
A rare Barr, Flight and Barr plate painted by William Billingsley circa 1808-13
Sold for £744 (US$ 1,162) inc. premium

Lot Details
A rare Barr, Flight and Barr plate painted by William Billingsley
circa 1808-13
Painted with three evenly spaced sprays of pinks roses, buds and curled leaves, reserved on a grey marble ground, gilt line rim, 20.7cm diam, incised crown and BFB mark, printed mark referring to Royal patronage and Coventury Street address (some light surface scratching)

Footnotes

  • See John Sandon, the Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain, p 66 for a spill vase painted by Billingsley in a very similar manner. In the late summer of 1808 the finest flower painter of his day arrived in Worcester looking for work. Unable to find financial backing to establish a china works at Nantgarw, Billingsley was virtually destitute when he sent word to Barr, Flight and Barr asking for a small advance to pay for his journey to Worcester. Therefore by remarkable good fortune, Martin Barr was able to employ an amazingly skilled painter for wages '…not any more at present than the common hands'. In time, William Billingsley improved his conditions and assisted Barr, Flight and Barr in developing a new china body. In the meantime, though, it is likely that Billingsley worked as a painter at the factory from October 1808 until at least 1810 or 1811, indeed he probably painted intermittently until he left Worcester suddenly and without notice in November 1813, returning to Wales once more.
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