James Giles was an independent china decorator working in London in the eighteenth century. He and the other painters on his staff decorated porcelain blanks purchased from the Worcester factory and from other sources. These two plates are Worcester, decorated in Giles’s workshop with neoclassical motifs of ancient Roman vases or trophies, draped with swags of flowers. Each plate has a brown line crisscrossed with undulating vines. The edges are gilt. There is some light wear to the gilding and the painting from normal use at the dinner table, please see the photos for close-up views. No other damage. Almost nine inches in diameter, and they are unmarked. Hanscombe’s book, “James Giles, China and Glass Painter 1718-1780,” illustrates (86) a plate very similar to this—indeed, perhaps from the same service. That plate likewise has no mark. The same decoration on a plate of different shape is illustrated (page 109) in “In Search of James Giles,” by Gerald Coke.
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