Luxury Design, Past & Present
This moulded overlapping leaf dish was possibly decorated by the famous London painter, James Giles. The rim of the dish is gilded with a thin line and the centres of the large moulded leaves is painted in puce. The design of fruit and butterflies is characteristic of Giles's workshop painting as discussed by Stephen Hanscombe in James Giles, China and Glass Painter 1718-80 (see the reference section below).
Reference: Worcester Porcelain 1751-1790, The Zorensky Collection, Simon Spero & John Sandon, page 187, #215 for a smaller version of the shape.
It is possible that this dish was painted in the Giles workshop. James Giles, China and Glass Painter 1718-80, Stephen Hanscombe. See chapter 5 for photographic examples of characteristic painting mannerisms such as the upturned mushroom with the pleated underside and butterflies with unnaturally long thin wings and curiously folded legs overlapping antennae. See plate 40 for leaf dish with similar fruit and butterflies.
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