This is a rare and colorful pair of octagonal porcelain plates in the Chinese Export style known as "famille rose," made at the Bow factory in London about 1760. This design seems to have fallen out of fashion about 1763. The peony flowering among rocks is a pattern used by many English porcelain makers, and each factory developed its own variation of it. Bow's glaze colors can be thickly applied, and that is true of this pair. These matching plates are eight and a half inches across, and one bears numerous labels attesting to its historic journey down through the past 250 years. Octagonal plates are considerably less common than their round counterparts. Each has what appears to be a workman’s mark to the reverse. There are a couple of glaze nibbles to the edge, but otherwise they are in excellent condition.
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