A very fine Royal Worcester plaque by Harry Davis, dated 1908

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Lot 144
A very fine Royal Worcester plaque by Harry Davis, dated 1908

£ 20,000 - 25,000
US$ 27,000 - 33,000
A very fine Royal Worcester plaque by Harry Davis, dated 1908
Of upright oval form, painted with a magnificent roaring stag in a wooded Highland landscape, standing on a mound formed by a fallen tree and a rock and covered with grasses, ferns and heathers, two does in the distance, signed Harry Davis, 31.1cm high x 21cm wide, puce mark

Footnotes

  • This important panel is one of the largest plaques painted by Harry Davis and the quality of the painting is outstanding. Well known for his Highland sheep subjects, a stag at bay is a very unusual departure for Harry Davis. Deer very occasionally feature in smaller vases, see for example the previous lot in this sale executed in 1904. In 1907, Harry Davis had painted a very similar stag in a panel on a presentation vase with a green ground. This is illustrated by Pete Marsh and Craig Smith, Hand Painted Royal Worcester Porcelain (2005), p.12. The artist returned to this subject a year later with an almost identical composition as he realised this would fit so well onto the shape of an upright oval plaque. No other example of a plaque with a stag is recorded by this most versatile artist.
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