An exceptional early Worcester plate circa 1752-3

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Lot 24
An exceptional early Worcester plate
circa 1752-3

Sold for £ 6,960 (US$ 9,573) inc. premium
An exceptional early Worcester plate
circa 1752-3
After a Chinese famille verte original, the centre painted with a landscape panel in the shape of a fan and an unrolled scroll painted with Buddhist emblems, alternating with two leaf shaped panels of flowering plants, the background of coloured flowerheads on a green washed ground dotted in black, the border with four panels of single plant sprigs dividing panels of formal diaper patterns, 22.3cm diam

Footnotes

  • Provenance: The Lord Suffield Collection, Gunton Park, Norfolk. This is one of only two recorded plates of this pattern, both from Gunton Park. The other was in the Gwen and Ronald McKnight Melvin Collection, exhibited by Simon Spero in March 2007, catalogue no. 35. In his catalogue of the Melvin Collection, Simon Spero noted that this plate was possibly the most important piece in the collection. Unlike Bow, where plates copying contemporary Chinese famille rose were made in considerable quantity, Worcester chose to copy a Kangxi prototype, already perhaps fifty years old and therefore of a type owned by a connoisseur or displayed in a grand country house. The problems Worcester encountered making plates at this very early date are evident in this plate, which has survived in surprisingly fine condition.
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