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This is a stunning and extremely rare large lobed dish made by Derby between about 1795 and 1800 in the Regency era. The painting in the centre is attributed to the famous painter John Brewer.

 

The Derby Porcelain factory has its roots in the late 1740s, when Andrew Planché, a Walloon Huguenot refugee, started making simple porcelain toys shaped like animals in his back yard. In 1756 Staffordshire enameller William Duysbury and banker John Heath started a new porcelain factory with Planché and this was to grow out to the largest factory of its time, buying up the bankrupted Chelsea and Bow factories, as well as the stock of several other workshops including that of James Giles. The combination of various traditions, porcelain making skills and sophisticated clients enabled Duesbury to create one of the best porcelain factories of the 18th and 19th Centuries, which after many ups and downs is still operative today. 

 

This dish is potted in an elegant shape typical for the late Georgian/ early Regency style. The decoration consists of a simple warm red rim with gilt bands, and a stunning botanical study, named on the back as "Crown Pea". 

 

The stunning botanical painting is attributed to John Brewer, who worked at Derby from 1795 to his death in 1816. This attribution cannot be stated with complete certainty as the pages of the pattern book covering patterns 300 to 329 have gotten lost, this being pattern 313. Brewer was famous for his very fine landscapes and botanical paintings and