Rare Set of 20 Derby (Bloor Derby) Reticulated Botanical Plates
each piece being exceptionally finely painted with a large botanical study the moulded beaded border with panels of pierced ovals enriched in gilt and with fantasy butterflies and insects, gilt dentil rim. Consisting of 16 circular plates and four square dishes, each botanical specimen named in blue on the underside.
A pair of plates from the same service were sold at Christies London 18th May 2005 lot 140. Whilst the present plates are un-marked, the pieces in the Christies sale were apparently marked with an iron-red crown, crossed batons and D mark to one, hence the attribution to Robert Bloor & co.
The flower-painting may be by Philip Clavey or perhaps William ‘Quaker’ Pegg. Cf. John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain, London, 1980, pp. 219-220, 241-fig. 321, 255-257, 268-figs. 63-65.
The studies are titled:
Lilly of the Valley
Orange TreeGeranium Cordifolia
Dingy Flowered Glycine
Syringa or Mock Orange
Chinese Water Lily
Alcea China Hollyhocks