A fine Worcester porcelain plate c.1770, decorated in the London workshop of James Giles with a neo-classical stone vase in the centre draped with a colourful flower garland. The border decorated with undulating green leaves slender stems and tendrils around a narrow brown band. Unmarked
The vases painted here are probably based on a design in one of the many collections of vases, usually derived from classical originals, published in the 1760s and used by the Derby porcelain factory and Josiah Wedgwood as sources for vase forms. The vase with serpent handles is clearly related to a loose engraving that is probably part of A New Book of Vases, signed 'B. Mayor sc', and published by 'M Darly Cranborne Alley', London, a copy of which is in the Department of Prints and Drawings, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Darly's collection of vases was also used as a source for painted decoration of vases on Liverpool delftware tiles made in the mid-1770s. The garland flowers around the vase are an addition, perhaps intended to soften the severity of the vase design.
See page 199 of 'In Search of James Giles' by Gerald Coke for similar white ground, urn decorated pieces.
Condition: Slight surface wear and a small chip to the front around the 10 o'clock position
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