A set of eleven English porcelain ornithological plates and platter

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Lot 135
A set of eleven English porcelain ornithological plates and platter

Sold for US$ 2,700 inc. premium
A set of eleven English porcelain ornithological plates and platter
painted by J. Birbeck (Senior)
makers Brown, Westhead, Moore & Co., Cauldon Place, Hanley in Staffordshire
retailed by Higgins & Seiter, New York
late 19th century

Each with finely painted game bird study in landscape setting within raised gilt scalloped border, signed J. Birbeck Sen., titled on reverse, printed CAULDON England, retailer mark, painted B/9540.
diameter of plates 8 3/4in (22cm); length of platter 16 ¾in (43cm)

Footnotes

  • Joseph Birbeck (1862-?) was born into a distinguished family of ceramic painters. An earlier member of the Birbeck family also named Joseph painted at the Coalport factory at the beginning of the 19th century. Birbeck began his career with Brown, Westhead, Moore & Co. leaving in 1900 to join Doulton where he remained until 1926. Birbeck painted many fine sets of dessert and service plates for the North American market. His subject matter ranged from flowers, Alpine and Highland scenery to landscapes after Turner. Birbeck was noted for his studies of birds and fish and was particularly admired for his underwater aquatic effects and misty landscapes with beautiful atmospheric skies, well illustrated in the two offered lots.
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