This rare matched set of circa 1790 Crown Derby Duesbury porcelain shallow bowls have a quatrefoil lozenge shape with lobed walls. The face of the bowls feature hand painted decoration in the form of floral and gilt sprigs and includes delicate blue cornflowers, all of which are bordered within a wavy gilt band. The walls are finished with intertwined garlands, one of which is composed of cornflowers and one of which is composed of gilt leaves. The garlands are accented with a series of stylized rust colored flowers and gilt foliate highlights.
The bowls are in very good condition with no chips or repairs. As antique items, the set shows appropriate signs of age including wear to the paint/gilt decoration and a tight stable hairline present on one piece, best seen in photos 6 and 7. In addition there are anomalies present related to production which include flecks of material caught in the glaze and a firing crack on the face of one bowl beneath the glaze (also best seen in photos 6 and 7) which does not detract from the appearance of the piece and is mentioned for accuracy. The pieces bear the hand painted number "28" along with the rust Crown Derby symbol.
One of the bowls stands 1.5" tall and is 11.75" by 9.75" at the widest points of its rim. The other stands 1.75" tall and is 12.125" x 10" at the widest points of its rim. The pieces have a combined weight of 2lbs 14oz.
This unusual set of early Crown Derby bowls display beautifully and would be a wonderful addition to an existing collection of Duesbury pieces, or work equally well used as a stand alone decorative accent. They look particularly good flanking a mantel or shelf. A truly lovely set!
Antique Early Crown Derby Duesbury Porcelain Gilded Cornflower Scalloped Bowls