This beautiful set of three dishes comes from the exceptional Minton factory, the crown jewel of ceramic makers in Victorian England. They date to c. 1890 and are in incomparable condition. In this design, white porcelain showcases gorgeous avian settings. Each plate has its own unique bird with its own flowers. One of the plates even has a sparrow staring at a bee! Despite this diversity, there is also a unity in that each plate depicts a bird and fauna, with the plants being a combination of gold leaf and silver leaf (though predominantly the former). The silver and gold complement each other and stand starkly, though not violently so, against the colorful birds, which are the center of each dish. Everything else fades in comparison with the hues of these winged creatures. This lovely set is a passage to a natural English countryside and is a desirable piece for any Victorian or bird collector.
Diameter: 9 1/2 in. each