Stunning pair of 18th Century English Worcester scalloped dessert dishes. These are early Worcester, of the Dr. Wall period.
Each dish is bordered in blue with heavy gilt decoration. A central motif of polychrome painted sprays of flowers and leaves is bordered with gilt that matches the inner border at the rim. Around the center are sprays of flowers and leaves in purple camaieu.
These are in remarkable condition, no chips or hairlines, with only some light loss to the gilt. Each plate measures 7 1/8" diameter, by 1" high.
The old dealer's tags on the back (which, by the way, priced each dish at 220 Pounds Sterling at a time when the Pound was well over 2 U.S. Dollars), date the dishes to 1770. My research indicates that a more likely date is 1780 - 85.
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