‘James Giles’ style claret ground Worcester plate, Watteau panels, c. 1770 & later
Worcester plate, decorated with a series of panels of figures in landscapes after Watteau, spaced with flower panels, the whole with ornate ciselé gilt flowers & scrollwork.
the porcelain c. 1770
the decoration 19th century
faults- an original firing fault from rim (disguised as a tree by the artist!) – numerous losses to the gold foliage on one side of the rim – actual edge not too bad with minor wear – no restoration.
Provenance: US collection – possibly Dr. Kenneth J. Maier, Lake Forrest, IL, from where a dish sold at Christies NY 04.09.2002 – as ‘possibly James Giles’ – is obviously from the same service/workshop. It had similar loss to the thick ciselé gilt foliage on the rim, although our present example has more remaining.
Dr Maier’s Worcester was on show at the Chicago Art Institute in the 1990’s, with some of it being gifted and other pieces dispersed in the early 2000’s including possibly this piece.
The decoration, although very convincing (Christies believing it to be ‘possibly James Giles’) is most probably a 19th century workshop somewhere in the UK taking plainer pieces and grinding off any decoration to replace it with this flamboyant style – always rare and in great demand.
An example – probably purchased as period & Giles – was part of the Zorensky Collection, illustrated p498 of the Zorensky book – it has identical features, but has been re-gilded, and notes that the gold had very poor adhesion to the ground – as is evident in all examples sighted.