An important Worcester plate of 'Grubbe' type, circa 1768-70

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Lot 108
An important Worcester plate of 'Grubbe' type, circa 1768-70

Sold for £ 11,250 (US$ 13,974) inc. premium
An important Worcester plate of 'Grubbe' type, circa 1768-70
Of lobed 'Meissen' shape edged with a gold rim, painted in puce monochrome with two male figures standing on steps before a ruined archway, overgrown with wild foliage, an urn on a balustrade in the foreground, a fisherman in a boat to one side, the border painted with five individual flower sprigs, 22.9cm diam

Footnotes

  • Recent research by Charlotte Jacob-Hanson has recorded fourteen other plates of this design. These include examples in the Ashmolean Museum, the British Museum, Colonial Williamsburg, the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, Seattle Art Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Museum of Worcester Porcelain. Three of these plates painted in puce have been offered in these rooms in recent years, one from the Zorensky collection on 23 February 2005, lot 226 and two others on 9 September 2009, lots 88 and 89.

    The tone of the puce enamel varies, suggesting that these did not form a single service; indeed, no other shapes of dishes or tureens are known and these may have been intended as individual cabinet plates. Jacob-Hanson has been able to trace the source prints of many of these plates although the source of the present lot has not yet been identified. The urn on a pedestal in the foreground of our plate also occurs on the plate in the British Museum, illustrated by Aileen Dawson, The Art of Worcester Porcelain (2007), fig 83.

    The example in the Victoria and Albert Museum is one of four individual plates given to the museum in 1935 by Dora Edgell Grubbe and these have been key pieces in identifying related decoration as originating from the Giles Workshop. As a result of Mrs Grubbe's donation it has become traditional to refer to all related pieces as Grubbe Plates
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