A Worcester (Flight, Barr and Barr) cabinet plate by Thomas Baxter, circa 1815

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A Worcester (Flight, Barr and Barr) cabinet plate by Thomas Baxter, circa 1815

Sold for £ 21,250 (US$ 28,833) inc. premium
A Worcester (Flight, Barr and Barr) cabinet plate by Thomas Baxter, circa 1815
The cavetto fully painted by Thomas Baxter with a still life of six shells, naturalistically painted and arranged on a stone shelf amongst corals and seaweed, surrounded by a thin black line and a wide gold band, the blue border with a classical design in raised gold, 24cm diam, impressed crown and FBB, printed mark referring to Royal patronage and Coventry Street address (some wear)

Footnotes

  • It is generally felt that plates with this distinctive border were individual cabinet plates, the painting and the gilding entirely the work of Thomas Baxter. An example, now in the Museum of Royal Worcester depicts the actress Sarah Siddons and is known to have cost its original owner the remarkable sum of fifty guineas. Two plates with landscapes by Baxter are recorded with the same border.

    A number of shell painted plates of this design apparently formed part of a single service, half of which was painted with shells, the other half with Thomas Baxter's flower painting. Examples were sold by Christie's in New York 26 April 1994, lot 42. A dessert centrepiece of the same pattern with shells by Thomas Baxter was sold in these rooms on 7 December 2005, lot 255. Another plate is illustrated by Henry Sandon, Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain (1978), pl.95, p.103.

    A small number of pieces of Flight, Barr and Barr porcelain painted with Thomas Baxter's shells are titled 'Shells from Nature', written in Baxter's distinctive hand. This suggests the artist had his own collection of sea shells and created his own unique compositions. He also painted superb shell panels on Swansea and Chamberlains cabinet plates.
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A Worcester (Flight, Barr and Barr) cabinet plate by Thomas Baxter, circa 1815
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