A fine set of 6 antique 19th century Minton English porcelain 10 3/8" service / dinner plates. Decorated with elaborate raised gold impasto scrolling foliage on a white ground. Further enhanced with hand painted gilt lattice and floral garland swags. The centers bear an intricate monogram of interlaced initials JBWG. Impressed at the back with the Minton mark, with date symbol for 1888. Also marked for retailer Ovington Brothers of NYC. In overall good condition for their age. One plate shown in the last picture having a small inconspicuous nick to the outer rim. There is some wear to the gilt on the rims, typical of these old plates. Two plates having yellowing and crazing.
A bit of history on the Ovington Bros: These plates were made expressly for the Ovington Brothers retail store in New York City. Only the best were commissioned and imported for Ovingtons: importers and dealers of high quality European glassware and porcelains. The company began with brothers Theodore and Edward S. Ovington in 1845 and the company operated two department stores, one at Fifth Avenue in New York City and one in Brooklyn (which was a massive six-story brick building filled top to bottom with quality imports from Europe!) You can Google 'Ovington Brothers' in Brooklyn and find a reference article about the company with a nice engraving of the department store (it was huge!) Edward J. Jr and Charles K. Ovington joined the company in 1878, where it still operated under the same name and continued after Theodor and Edward S. Ovington died in 1909 (just two months apart from each other). The name of the company shortened to just Ovingtons, omitting Brothers from their marks in the 1920s. Items marked Ovington Bros. predate the 1920s. The company demanded only the best of the best for their stores, and items marked for the Ovington Brothers are an indicator of the highest quality that was available at the time.
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