This splendid pair was originally part of a large dessert service that would have made the owner proud to display in the home, probably in a large china cabinet. Each dish is seven and three-quarters by seven and three-quarters inches. They are of shell shape with a formal molded handle highlighted with gilding, and feature a simple basketwork molded border that is edged with dentil gilding. Each is painted with two splendid birds in a landscape with a distant village showing in the background, and all surrounded by fluttering insects. During the 1770s the Worcester factory developed its own very attractive style of what they called “Fancy Bird” painting, adding details and formal landscape backgrounds that are far removed from the Sevres or London bird painting that originally influenced them. Indeed, the style developed manly along the lines of James Giles's fancy birds, which he and his father had been painting on Chinese porcelain for some years. Giles the younger purchased many Worcester porcelain wares and decorated them in his London studio. Both of these dishes have a Wynn Sayman label on the back. Excellent condition with a bit of normal wear. Several small areas of the dentil gilding on the rims have been touched up just for looks. In addition, one small spot of missing glaze on one of the large birds has been colored in to match.

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Pair of 18thc. Worcester Dessert Dishes with Exotic Birds C.1775


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