A fine Nantgarw plate painted with a rural scene by J Plant at the Sims workshop
Lot 225
An important Nantgarw plate, circa 1818-20
Sold for £9,375 (US$ 15,757) inc. premium
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An important Nantgarw plate, circa 1818-20
Painted in Marcolini Meissen style at the Sims workshop in London, probably by James Plant, a shepherd seated before a water fountain surmounted by a classical urn, flanked by a large cow and three reclining sheep, a small dog curled up asleep in the foreground, the C scroll border picked out in gold and painted with sprays of flowers against a ground of closely-packed gold dots, 25cm diam, impressed NANT-GARW CW below an incised number 3 (slight wear)


  • This plate represents the very best of London decoration on Welsh porcelain. The distinctive border treatment is peculiar to the Sims workshop and has been recorded before in combination with decoration in continental style. See the related plate in the Victoria and Albert Museum illustrated by Oliver Fairclough, The London China Trade, ECC Trans Vol 16, Pt 2, p 210 and another sold by Bonhams, The Arts in Wales, 26 September 2001, lot 224. Such plates were sold alongside genuine Meissen pieces by London retailers selling to the top end of the market. They were intended as decorative cabinet wares. Alongside James Turner, James Plant is recorded as working at the Sims workshop and the fine figural painting produced there is likely to have been his work.
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