A complete service in this pattern, embellished with landscape views and described as pattern 148 in the Derby inventory list, was presented by King George V to the Duke of Devonshire and is still on display at Chatsworth, which gives the name to other plates of similar pattern. The circular landscape panels, one titled “View Near Edmonton, Kent,” the other “Near Halleton, Leicestershire,” rest within wide bands of interlocking gilded basketwork, with a leafy green and puce foliage border below the rims. The style of the landscape painting reminds me very much of George Robertson. The plates are both about nine and a quarter inches across, marked with the Derby crown, crossed batons and D, pattern number and titles in blue. The landscape scenes are particularly charming views of “Merrie Olde England” and testify to the pride that British landscape artists take in their native land. No chips or cracks, but there is noticeable handling wear to the rims. There is stacking wear to some of the gilt bands but that has been touched up just for looks. Plates of this pattern are not seen that often.

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Two Derby Plates of Chatsworth Service Type c.1790, Possibly Painted by George Robertson


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