Pair Botanical Plates C1755

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Soft Paste Porcelain

Pair Botanical Plates

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A good pair of octagonal pates, each individually painted in the well with a branch of leaves and flowers in botanical style, possibly loosely after the pink Rose Mallow, Lavatera trimestris and the yellow Gloriosa climbing lily, Littonia modesta; the rims with flower sprays, leaves, butterflies, caterpillars and insects. Potted with cream body and with slightly blued glaze. Faint green translucency.

Provenance: with Robyn Robb, London, 2003.

Restored edge chips, all tiny.

The Bow botanicals of the mid and later 1750s were probably a direct attempt to compete with the fashionable Chelsea ‘Hans Sloane’ wares -- generally sets for dessert. However, whereas Chelsea not only followed the forms and conventions of botanical illustration, but also meticulously copied actual botanical drawings and the Sloane butterflies, Bow’s subjects, with few exceptions, were very freely rendered in terms of botanical accuracy. In some cases identification of species can only be speculative.

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Item# 4889
Manufacturer Bow Porcelain Factory
Year C1755
Height No
Width 7.8"
Diameter No
Shape Number No

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ABN 99 681 857 622