A pair of Derby Crown Porcelain Company Gladstone Service plates, circa 1883

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A pair of Derby Crown Porcelain Company Gladstone Service plates, circa 1883

Sold for £ 5,000 (US$ 6,784) inc. premium
A pair of Derby Crown Porcelain Company Gladstone Service plates, circa 1883
Made as replicas of the service presented to William Ewart Gladstone, the centres painted with titled views by Count Holtzendorf of 'Dale Abbey Church and Guest-House' and 'Stepping Stones near Hathersage', both signed 'G H', the rich underglaze blue borders reserving three oval floral panels painted by James Rouse Senior, alternating with the initials 'W', 'E' and 'G' within jewelled rectangular borders, a gilded and acid-etched border inside the rim, 23.5cm diam, special service mark printed in red, registration lozenge for December 1883, inscribed 'Replica' and 'Flowers by J Rouse Senr'

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The Rowland Williams Collection

    In December 1882 the Liberal Working Men of Derby commissioned a gift to celebrate Gladstone's political jubilee- 50 years in public life. The Prime Minister was known as a china collector and admirer of Derby porcelain. A 26 piece dessert service was ordered, designed by Richard Lunn. Each piece was painted with a view by Derby's senior painter, Count Holtzendorf who was sent into the countryside to sketch local beauty spots. James Rouse was then in his eighties and represented Derby's long tradition of flower painting. The set took a year to create.

    The service was presented in December 1883 at Howarden Castle, Gladstone's country seat. Before this, it was displayed at the factory's showrooms in Derby to invited guests and the general public, in evenings so that the working people who paid for it could see the splendour. Derby's Liberal Working Men had only been able to raise £60 and the Derby Crown Porcelain Co. subsidised the rest, claiming the set cost them £600 to make. In return they earned massive publicity leading eventually to the granting of the Royal Warrant.

    A small number of sample plates and specimens from the service were converted into 'replicas' for special presentation. One is illustrated by John Twitchett and Betty Bailey, Royal Crown Derby (1976), p.182 and another replica plate in colour, opposite p.17. Another was sold in these rooms 3 October 2012, lot 235 but was painted by different artists to the original service. See also Hugh Gibson, A Case of Fine China (1993), pp.64-68.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that these plates are not a pair. There are minor differences in the gilded details and in the tone of the blue grounds
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A pair of Derby Crown Porcelain Company Gladstone Service plates, circa 1883
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