RARE AND FABULOUS pair of Victorian aesthetic porcelain plates by Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co c1880s. Hand painted with exquisite renderings of wild roses and white lilies, the roses accentuated with a tortoiseshell butterfly, the lilies with a pair of pollinating bees. Shoulders are decorated with aesthetic designs printed in amber and gold against a rich cobalt blue ground, encircled by another band in symmetrical gold and cobalt. Rim and centre gilt with circles and dentils. Altogether a classic and impressive pair of plates from this fine company that preceded Cauldon.
MARKS: the wild rose plate has pattern number B5239 handwritten in red, signifying Brown-Westhead, Moore & Co. The matching white lily plate has no mark. Plates with minimal markings such as these were often made to special order. It is important to keep these plates as a pair in order to identify the maker of the unmarked plate. Measures 9"D x 1"H. Condition is excellent. Gilding and enamel are bright and intact. Scant surface wear. No issues or restoration. Show little evidence of use and have likely been displayed or stored for most of their history. Please note these plates are part of a set of four at time of listing (see pictures).
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