An important Nantgarw plate circa 1818-20

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Lot 56
An important Nantgarw plate
circa 1818-20

Sold for £ 6,960 (US$ 9,691) inc. premium

Wales and West Country Sale

25 Jun 2007, 11:00 BST

Bath

An important Nantgarw plate
circa 1818-20
With a shaped and shell-moulded rim, painted by James Plant in the London workshop of John Sims with two young ladies in dancing attitude, fashionably dressed in long white dresses trimmed with flowers and ballet shoes, gold necklaces around their necks, within a gilded neo-classical border with floral swags in raised gold paste, 23.2cm diam, impressed NANT-GARW CW (broken and restored)

Footnotes

  • This plate is clearly from the same series as the famous 'Three Graces' Nantgarw plate sold in 2004, achieving a world record price for a Welsh porcelain plate. The gilded borders are the same and the figure painting is very much in the same style, probably from the same print source. The 'Three Graces' plate is illustrated by Rowland Williams, Nantgarw Porcelain 1813-22, fig 34, p 18 and WD John, Nantgarw Porcelain, Illustration 33A. It was sold in the Burdett-Coutts sale in 1922 and the three figures were traditionally said to be Susannah, Frances and Sophia, the three daughters of Thomas Coutts, banker to George III. This now seems unlikely as other examples of Plant's work in this style have become known. These include a Davenport plate from the Joyce Mountain Collection, sold in these rooms on 21 September 2005, lot 230 and another in the Frances and Emory Cocke Collection, illustrated in the catalogue on p 239. However, the present lot appears to be the only other example recorded on Nantgarw porcelain. Plant was recorded as a painter of Nantgarw porcelain by John Haslem although there appears to be some confusion about his christian name. He is called James by WD John, however Haslem refers to a W Plant
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