A Worcester Dessert Plate, decorated in the Giles studio, circa 1770
This attractive Worcester dessert plate, painted with dry blue flowers, was decorated in the London studio of James Giles.
Typical of the Giles atelier is the loose arrangement of the bouquet and scattered sprays and sprigs, which include heartsease (Viola tricolor), auriculas and curly tendrils, recurring elements of Giles flower painting.
Condition: There are a few small restored chips to the rim, with minimal retouching to the some of the blue enamel and also the gilt rim in those areas. There is also a small area of restoration near the centre of the plate. No other damage or restoration.
This fine plate would make a handsome addition to any collection of Giles decorated porcelain.
Dimensions: Diameter 21 cm
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Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790: The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon (Antique Collectors’ Club, 1996).