Object Description

A Fine Staffordshire Dessert Service Painted With The Great Houses of Britain.

Bearing underglaze registration mark to the reverse for 1873.

Comprising two comports and ten plates each within an interwoven scrolling foliate border with floral cartouche and beaded rim framing finely painted picturesque views of some of notable houses of Great Britain.

The views depicted on the ten plates are:
1. Conway Castle
2. Wood Hall Cockcamouth
3. Linlithgow Palace
4. Ruins of Kenilworth Castle
5. Bamborough Castle
6. The Birth Place of Burns
7. Dartmouth Castle
8. Ruins of Roslin Castle
9. Warkworth Castle
10. Birton, Devonshire

The views depicted on the two comports are:
1. Rivenhall Place, Essex
2. Corby Castle

Object History

From the early 1700s, porcelain production in Staffordshire flourished as several towns opened potteries because of its close proximity to Devonshire clay, the availability of major water and land transport, turning the area into a centre of artistic ceramic production. It was during this century that the area, which had already been associated with porcelain production, saw further growth with the innovation of grinding flint in water, and as now world-renowned names began to work in the area such as Wedgwood, Spode, and Minton

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