A Derby porcelain dish, ca. 1820, painted in the chinoiserie style with polychrome under- and overglaze colors. The dish is brightly colored in light green, blue, red, yellow, and purple with small flecks of gilt details. Small birds, perhaps sparrows, are placed among the dense flora and foliage. The center motif is a whimsical Oriental design.
The back is marked with the red Derby mark that was used from 1782.
This is a truly beautiful work of art for a reasonable price. Perfect for the burgeoning English porcelain collector or for someone who wants a unique decorative piece for the home.
Dm 8 in. x H 0.875 in.
The Derby company began in the mid 1750s, when John Heath, William Duesbury, and Andrew Planche set out to define a new standard of excellence in English pottery. Their capacity for creating compelling ceramic wares was evident at the outset, and their acclaim grew so rapidly that by 1775 King George III honored the producers by giving permission for their use of a crown in their marking stamp.
At the turn of the century, control of the company was transitioned to Robert Bloor. Then, in 1848, Derby was purchased by Sampson Hancock, who moved the company to its new location.Despite these transitions, the Derby porcelain brand nevertheless succeeded as each owner upheld high standards for design and craftsmanship, principles on which the company was originally established.
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