19th Century hand-painted dessert service by Bishop & Stonier, Hanley, Stafforshire, England. The set is composed of a tazza or compote and 10 dessert plates. The set has a cobalt blue background and is elaborately gilded in both yellow and white gold in a design of alternating lotuses leaves, the larger of which are linked by stylized floral swags. The lotus flowers centers are formed with a crosshatch design that features white enamel beading, the center of the flowers is also beaded. The centers of the plates and tazza have been hand-painted with a landscapes scenes: sailboats, bridges, mountains, lakes, and castles. The tazza feature the same elaborate decoration as the plates with the nice the addition of large oval white beads that ring its supporting stem.
Bishop and Stonier long has a history dating from 1851, when the firm was called Livesley Powell & Co. Among their notable clients were ship liners including the Titanic. During the 19th Century the firm was quite successful, in 1851 they sent a million different items to New York alone. In 1933 the firm was taken over by George Jones & Sons.
Diameter: 8 1/8 inches,
Tazza: 8 inches high by 3 inches wide
Condition: Very Good, no major defects noted except for 1 plate with a tiny fleabite
English manufactures' mark for 1889
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19th Century English Hand-Painted and 2-Color Gilded Dessert Service