A Kerr and Binns plate from the Queen Victoria Service by Thomas Bott, dated 1855, pierced border with turquoise-ground panels of ornament in white 'Limoges Enamel', cipher of Queen Victoria in the centre, elaborate mark designed by Digby Wyatt (some crazing to the turquoise)
Lot 237
An important Kerr and Binns plate from the Queen Victoria Service by Thomas Bott, dated 1859
Sold for £12,500 (US$ 20,988) inc. premium
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An important Kerr and Binns plate from the Queen Victoria Service by Thomas Bott, dated 1859
The intricately moulded and pierced border heightened with tooled gilding and reserving five turquoise-ground panels of ornament in white 'Limoges Enamel', the top with a putto riding on a butterfly amidst clouds, the centre with the crowned cipher of Queen Victoria, a band of tooled gold palmettes around the cavetto, 24cm diam, the elaborate mark designed by Sir M Digby Wyatt, including the cipher of Thomas Bott, the date 1859 and individually numbered No. 6 in red enamel (some fine crazing to the turquoise enamel)

Footnotes

  • This is one of the most important Worcester services made during the 19th century for it was pivotal in what R W Binns called 'The Awakening' of Worcester. Queen Victoria had admired Worcester's display at the Dublin Exhibition and Prince Albert was particularly interested in the revival of the Limoges Enamel technique by a gifted young artist Thomas Bott. In 1854 Prince Albert invited R W Binns to Buckingham palace to inspect old Limoges Enamel in the royal collection and to commission a special dessert service for the Queen. She preferred turquoise to the deep blue favoured by Bott. The Prince Consort was instrumental in the choice of designs for the Worcester set, selected from Raphael's ornament in the Loggia of the Vatican. Original drawings by Bott for the service, personally approved by Prince Albert, survive in the Museum of Worcester Porcelain. It took Thomas Bott many years to complete the commission and the Queen Victoria set was exhibited to great acclaim at the International Exhibition in London in 1862. A special backstamp was created just for this one service by the architect and designer Sir Matthew Digby Wyatt, with the names of great potters of the past supported by K & B of Worcester.
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