Here is an 18th-century antique porcelain dinner plate with magnificent decoration containing festoons of berries and vining leaves, alternating pink diaper and leaf panels, more festoons hanging within puce scroll-edge panels, and a fruit spray in the center. According to Simon Spero, in “Worcester Porcelain, The Klepser Collection,” 1984, the service was owned by Charles Meadows (Medows), esq., nephew of the second Duke of Kensington, who assumed, upon inheriting the Kingston estates, the surname of Pierrepont only, and was elevated to the peerage in 1796 as Viscount Newark, and subsequently raised in 1806 to the dignity of Earl Manvers. (See also John Sandon, Dictionary of Worcester Porcelain (1993), p. 228.) Whatever the historical facts are, and whether he was the original owner or not, it has come to be called by his name. Most likely, he purchased or inherited the set and when his effects were dispersed upon his death in 1816 the service was one of his possessions and his name was used to describe it. There are numerous variations on this very popular pattern, but this seems to be the most elaborate in design. Hop trellis or hop scroll patterns derive from decorations originated at the French Sevres factory, but the English porcelain makers—and especially Worcester—took the basic idea and raised it to splendid heights. These patterns are among the most sought-after pieces of Worcester porcelain. Hop vines with red berries are depicted growing on trellises (or, in this case, scrolls) radiating out from the center, with the addition of colorful panels around the edge. This plate, eight and a quarter inches across, is in wonderful condition with only slight wear from normal use. Please check the photos. There are no chips, cracks or other damage, and the decoration is bright and exuberant. An identical plate is illustrated by Marshall, pl. 15, no. 258 and a square dish from this service is illustrated by Barrett, fig. 56B.
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