Two Harry Davis Worcester plaques, 14" x 10.5"
Lot 267
An exceptional pair of Royal Worcester plaques by Harry Davis, dated 1908
Sold for £21,600 (US$ 36,305) inc. premium
Lot Details
An exceptional pair of Royal Worcester plaques by Harry Davis, dated 1908
The large rectangular panels painted with atmospheric Highland scenes, one with a flock of five sheep and three lambs on a misty mountainside, amongst rocks, heather and grasses, still water and mountains in the distance, the other with six highland cattle beside a mountain stream, clouds rolling in behind, both plaques signed in full Harry Davis, one also dated 1908, 22.8cm x 31.6cm, unmarked (2)


  • Provenance: These remarkable plaques were painted by Harry Davis as a special present for his sister, from whom they have passed by direct descent to the present owner. As these were special family pieces, it is understandable that Harry's choice of subjects for these plaques included his favourite subject of Highland sheep. Somewhat surprising is his choice of cattle for the companion plaque. At the Worcester factory the subject of Highland cattle belonged exclusively to John Stinton and his son Harry. As a result Harry Davis was prohibited from painting Highland cattle subjects on any factory productions. When he painted this unique pair for his sister, Harry Davis worked in his own time without constraints. He was able to show that was just as capable of capturing the full majesty of Highland cattle, developing depths of tones and atmospheric effects unequalled in English porcelain. In scale and quality, these plaques rank amongst Harry Davis's finest work.