Here is a wonderful example of one of the rare ground colors that Worcester created in the 18th century. Pendant from the green ground at the rim are gilt scrolls and trailing bands of flowers. The plate--perhaps meant for the dessert course since it is only seven and a half inches across--has a scalloped edge with one small rim separation (shown) that occurred in the firing—not enough to make it a reject by the factory. There is a light amount of wear but no other damage and the pattern is bright and appealing. Interestingly, this green ground color would not accept fired gilding, so any gilding in the pattern had to be added to the unglazed white porcelain, usually right next to the green. There has been some suspicion cast on the ground colors from Worcester because many of them were imitated over a century after they were first made, in an attempt to deceive. The green ground was copied, but in their efforts to make a more profitable item the fakers decorated the centers with exotic birds and landscapes rather than the more prosaic trailing flower bouquets, as on this plate, and often used more green than the originals did. In fact, the redecorated pieces are often so attractive that many collectors don't mind having them, and they can fetch substantial prices when they come up for sale. This plate, however, is from Worcester’s first period.
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