This Grimwades Royal Winton Golden Age Large Leaf-Shaped Gold Serving Dish represents one of the most respected names in Staffordshire pottery. Almost big enough to be a platter, this beautiful leaf-shaped dish is realistically molded. From the impressed veins of the leaf, to the irregular zigzagging notched and curved edges, the closed loop of the stem for a handle, and the gentle downturn of the pointed leaf tip, it is like an exquisitely preserved piece of nature. The entire front surface of the dish is drenched in heavy gold.
The decorative serving plate measures 11-1/4 inches long by 6-3/4 inches wide, and the slightly curved rim rises about 1-1/2 inches from the table.
Made by Grimwades under their Royal Winton tradename, the underglaze backstamp reads "Royal Winton" in fancy black script followed by "Grimwades, Made in England, A." The “A” verifies the authenticity of this piece. It was a category designation assigned to Grimwades during WWII and mandated to be included with the mark under the glaze both during the war and for several years following. This dates this Golden Age dish to circa 1942 to the early 1950s.
This heavily gilded ware was easily scratched, and there are numerous surface scratches to attest to that fact. The gold is heavy enough that the scratches do not show the white surface beneath. There is a patina around the edges, and an abundance of tiny dots that look like water spots. All that being said, the degree of distraction depends on how the light hits this highly reflective piece. The buttery-yellow backside has heavy, small, non discolored crazing. There are no chips or cracks in this spectacular vintage piece.
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Royal Winton Grimwades Golden Age Large Leaf-Shaped Gold Serving Dish