Worcester waste bowl, James Giles flower groups, crossed swords mark, c. 1765
Worcester waste bowl, brightly decorated with flower groups and individual specimens in the Meissen manner, with two main groups outside and another to the interior base.
Crossed swords & 9 mark,
Probably decorated in the James Giles studio,
interior with minor wear
This flower painting is heavily influenced by Meissen of the 1750's. The haphazard arrangements, black outlines, intense colours, and the use of a muddy purple-grey is distinct to this period. Within a few years, it had changed to a much looser style. Combined with the crossed swords mark, this allows us to date the bowl to circa 1765.ref. Zorensky #199 & 200 for this flower painting from the factory, distinct in its use of a muddy purple-grey to shade the very bright colours. #100 bears similar flowers, including the rarely seen rose buds this bowl has.