This Derby cabinet plate has an exceptionally finely painted fox hunting scene attributed to William Cotton. What is so remarkable about the painting is that Cotton captured the energy and excitement of the hunt. One can almost hear the barking of the hounds and the sound of the horse’s hooves as it gallops ahead. The early morning sky overhead has a patch of blue and great lavender-tinted clouds.
The scene has a double border with the outer part impressed in a basketweave pattern.
The scene depicted on this plate was likely inspired by the color plates published in Samuel Howitt’s “The British Sportsman”, first published by Edward Orme, London, 1812.
Dimensions: 8.5 inches diameter
Background of Derby Porcelain
The production of the earliest Derby porcelain dates from the first half of the 18th century. The production of porcelain in Derby predates the commencement of the porcelain works of William Duesbury, started in 1756 when he joined Andrew Planche and John Heath to create the Nottingham Road factory, which later became Royal Crown Derby when King George III awarded Duesbury the rare honor of being allowed to incorporate His Majesty’s Crown into the Derby back stamp. Ever since then, the company has been known as Royal Crown Derby.
The first printed mention of the Derby factory dates from December 1756, when an advertisement in the Public Advertiser urged readers to participate in a sale by auction in London, sponsored by the Derby Porcelain Manufactory.
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