This set of fourteen plates and one shaped dish is decorated sumptuously and richly in neoclassical style with ancient Roman busts in cameo, swags of laurel swinging from bosses and an urn trailing flowers in the center of each. The design of this pattern features Chelsea’s deep mazarine blue, the recipe for which was part of the stock in trade acquired by William Duesbury of Derby when he bought the porcelain factory in Chelsea. Condition is great, with no damage except to the shaped dish, which has been broken into several large pieces and reglued, so basically it’s a mess and I’m including it here because I don’t want to break up the set. Two plates have rim tears from the firing in the kiln that are gilded over and thus original to the piece. The porcelain itself shows a number of minor faults based on the quality of the porcelain paste recipe: spots, specks and bubbles. There is some stacking wear to the gilt on several plates, but overall they are in stunning condition with little wear. Some of the plates seem not to have been used at all, with no scratches showing in the wells. This splendid pattern is well-represented in many collections. The Derby mark of a combined gilded D and (Chelsea) anchor is on the backs.
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