English armorial plate, ‘SPERO’ motto, attributed to Wolfe & Co, C.1805

$2,200.00 AUD

Unusual English hexagonal plate, decorated in the Chinese Export manner with a central armorial device consisting of a large heart in a rococo cartouche, titled ‘SPERO’ beneath, a knight’s helmet above, a peacock to either side, within a gilt chain border, the rim with scattered flower sprigs. Attributed to Wolfe & Co, Big Works, Stoke-on-Trent Circa 1805

Condition

Excellent condition

Size

22cm wide

References

A replacement piece for a Chinese Export service of the 1750’s, which we have attributed to Thomas Wolfe & Co, Big Works, Stoke on Trent. There was a part service bearing these arms sold in Sotheby's , NY, later 20th century, part of which was Chinese Export and part replacements by an unknown English maker. The Rosenberg Collection (housed at Moorabool Antiques, Geelong) has a Chinese-style blue & white plate of the same body & construction details, confirmed as Wolf, on which the attribution of this piece is based. A contemporary newspaper advert Thomas Wolfe placed reads: "Table and desert services etc. enamelled with coats of arms, crests, or cyphers, in the neatest manner." (Advert placed by Thomas Wolfe & Co, Staffordshire, 5th March 1792)

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