Dessert Plate, Flight, Barr & Barr Worcester, soft paste porcelain, c.1815-20


The decoration on this richly patterned Flight, Barr & Barr dessert plate clearly reflects the Regency taste for oriental design, prevalent in Britain between the years 1811-20. The iron red enamel, underglaze blue, and rich gilding demonstrates the influence of Japanese Imari wares. The plate is finely decorated with an imaginary garden scene at the centre of which is a blue and gilt scholar's rock. A red bridge spans a body of water, and fantastic, long-tailed birds swoop and perch amongst exotic trees and flowers. Beyond a fretwork fence lies a four-storey pink-roofed pagoda. The red and gold border is of alternate stylised leafy flower heads and gilt leaves. Based on a silver design with its gadrooned edge, the moulded rim is richly gilded.

Impressed crown and FBB mark.

Provenance: An English Private Collection.

With extravagant projects such as the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, The Prince of Wales led the fashionable elite when it came to exhibiting a taste for opulence. He very much favoured designs which were inhibitively expensive to produce, adding to the exclusivity of his own collection, whilst preventing lesser manufacturers from recreating pieces. Indeed, he spent a vast fortune on porcelain, including at least six rich Worcester services. Two of his Barr, Flight & Barr services are decorated in the rich Imari taste, and in 1807, he awarded the company his Royal Warrant.

Condition: No damage, restoration or re-gilding. The gilt and enamel decoration is in superb order, with very little wear at all. There is a tiny glazed manufacturing flaw to the footrim.

Dimensions: Diameter 22.3 cm

Flight and Barr Worcester Porcelain 1783-1840, Henry Sandon (Antique Collectors' Club, 1992).


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