These Aynsley plates with radiant cobalt glaze and gold ribbons and garlands were made by in England for Ovington Bros. NY. Decorated in a marbleized cobalt blue with raised gilt beaded florals, scrollwork, dots, and beribboned garlands, each plate measures 10 1/8 inches in diameter. The edges are gilded and a few plates show gold loss, to be expected in plates this old. Marked on the bottom Aynsley England in green with a crown and a hand painted number, this mark was used between 1905 and 1921. The plates also bear the mark for Ovington Bros New York in black, the importers of these fine plates. There are actually 11 plates however, the center gilt medallion on one plate is faint and it will be sent at no charge.
The Ovington brothers had run a brisk trade in ceramics, pottery, table ware and sculpture since the mid-1800s. In the 1870s, they opened a fine two-story building encompassing several storefronts along Fulton Street at the edge of the downtown shopping district. Their stock included some of the finest examples of china and porcelain one could obtain, much of it imported. A table setting, for example, might sell for as much as $3,000, or the equivalent of $195,000 today.
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Aynsley Cobalt and Raised Gold Ribbons and Garlands Plates Set 10