This luxurious dish comes from the exceptional Minton factory, the crown jewel of ceramic makers in Victorian England. In this design, an off-white porcelain showcases luscious apricots hanging from a silver bough. Some of the fruit is ripe while some of it is still maturing. A gold leaf butterfly floats below the apricots, its golden tone matching the golden leaves directly above. It also complements the silver of the bough since little circles of silver leaf grace the pattern on the creature's wings. Above the branch, off in the distance, flies another golden insect. The only objects on the plate that are not in some sort of gold or silver leaf are the apricots themselves. This draws the eye to the fruit. It really is reminiscent of Arcadia or the golden apples of the Hesperides. This entire scene is surrounded by a golden border along the plate's edge, which also complements the yellow tints and hues, giving the piece an autumn feel. The dish dates to c. 1870, is in immaculate condition, and is extremely rare. All of these qualities make it a desirable piece for any Victorian collector.
Diameter: 9 in.
Porcelain Minton Dish of Butterfly and Fruit with Gold and Silver Leaf