Here is a splendid plate in a pattern similar to Worcester’s notable Marchioness of Huntly Pattern. A particular combination of green ground with trailing flowers (not fruit, as here) has come to be known as the Marchioness of Huntly pattern, because a dessert service of this pattern was sold by her on June 16, 1882. Worcester made a number of services with variations in this decorative style, and in fact the green ground was the most popular colored ground at Worcester. Here, instead of trailing flowers, the painter has decorated the plate with sliced and spotted fruit in bright enamels: quince (with spots), blackcurrants, cherries and plums, among others. Flying around the fruit are various delightful moths and insects. They are all framed within a green ground edged by rococo scrolls in gilt. Spotted fruit wares are uncommon, and speculation has created a “spotted fruit painter” at Worcester, as if there was only one artist who painted this type of decoration. That may be how it was, but I know of no actual evidence of that. The plate is nine inches across. Condition is very good, and the decoration is well-preserved, with one small repaired chip to the edge of the rim (shown). The spoon tray with identical decoration is illustrated as number 589 in “Coloured Worcester Porcelain of the First Period,” by H. Rissik Marshall. A plate with identical decoration was in the Klepser Collection.
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