Chelsea always targeted the wealthy and the nobility as its clients, and with this set it’s easy to see how the artists created sumptuous decoration that was costly and meant to be attractive to the upper classes. This rare pair of matching platters have been together since they were made during the third quarter of the 18th century. They feature whimsical paintings of butterflies, moths, dragonflies, cherries, pears, plums, grapes, raspberries, etc. When your guests ate all the real fruit off the platters at your dinner party, they could still admire the fruit on the dishes! The platters are molded with a partial basketwork design. This is likely the largest size of platter that Chelsea made, at ten and a quarter by twelve and a half inches. Condition: The decoration is in superb condition with hardly any wear. Both platters have areas of crazing to the thicker areas of the glaze, which is typical of Chelsea. There are two small rim chips on one and one on the other.
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