Here is a wonderful and interesting plate that came from a large dessert service of many plates and a variety of other shapes that would have filled the whole room with color when it was laid out on the table or on display in a cabinet. The designs for the flowers were copied onto the porcelain freehand by the artist, who was referring to printed botanical engravings, and of course he tried to be faithful to the natural colors as he went along. There is a band of gilded lily of the valley just inside the rims, conforming to the pattern number 115 on the back. Also on the back is the Latin name of the ragwort, Senecio Elegans. The painter put his mark of 21 on the back near the footrim. (If this refers to James Hill--this number was assigned to him in the Bloor period--then the plate would date to about 1805 or a little later. He was born in 1791 and could have been apprenticed as a decorator at the tender age of 14 or so.) It is in splendid condition for being over 200 years old. Eight and a half inches in diameter. It bears an auction sticker on the back for Woolley & Wallis, a UK house. Slight wear from use.
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