Offered for sale is an exceptional Royal Worcester sweetmeat figural dish modelled by James Hadley using Kate Greenaway figures. The two children, a boy and a girl stand on either side of a large woven basket with gilded handles. She appears to be scolding him for not helping her carry the basket, while he keeps his hand safely in his pocket and leans on a tree stump. It is a test of wills and utterly charming. The piece is impress signed on the base.
Kate Greenaway was a 19th century artist and writer known for her children’s book illustrations. She was fond of dressing them in 18th century attire. James Hadley worked for Royal Worcester before leaving to form his own factory. He was one of the best and most respected modellers of the 19th century.
Sweetmeat was a 19th century delicacy and many serving pieces were dedicated to its presentation. The soft muted apricot blush finish is enhanced with pale blue and gilt contrasting to their cream-colored skin. Worcester was known for these blush finishes for which there is still no comparison.
The figures are in excellent condition with the exception of a small restoration to the rim of the girl’s hat.
James Hadley for Kate Greenaway, Royal Worcester Figural Sweetmeat Dish