It's for the birds!
If you follow my Instagram feed, you will have seen that I have posted a beautiful item by the famous porcelain painter John Randall every Monday for the last few months. Today I am finishing this series with the final blow out: the single most amazing piece I have ever had in my collection.
It is a large dessert service consisting of 15 plates and 3 high footed comports, made by Coalport between 1865 and 1870. All of it is painted with beautiful birds by the famous John Randall.
John Randall started young as an apprentice in his uncle's workshop, where he learnt to paint birds in the French style of Sèvres. When he was about 20 years old, he was hired by Coalport and he kept painting for them, becoming their most valued painter. At some point he was the highest paid employee at Coalport!
This service is from the high point of his career. It portrays a different bird on each piece, naturalistically painted in vivid colours. Randall had a very distinctive style, making the bird he wants you to focus on very clear and sharp, while painting everything around it in a slightly transparent manner, often in muted autumnal colours. The result is stunning and each piece is a work of art in its own right.
You can find this masterpiece here in my shop, and you can watch the video to learn more about it.... and if you'd like to receive my video each week, please subscribe to my youtube channel or my instagram feed!