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Set of Three Ornately Gilded Porcelain Cake Plates William Adams Antique c 1850


Set of Three Ornately Gilded Porcelain Cake Plates William Adams  Antique c 1850Click the image to enlarge
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Set of Three Ornately Gilded Porcelain Cake Plates William Adams Antique c 1850


A set of three, Victorian, beautifully gilded cake or sandwich plates, two square shaped with low relief moulded leaf shaped handles and one round also with similarly shaped handles. They were made by the renowned Staffordshire factory of William Adams and Sons of the Greenfield Pottery, Tunstall near Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, England circa 1850. This William Adams IV (1798-1865).

Each plate is decorated with a richly gilded deep border of scrolling leaf and tendril pattern with six equally spaced circular scrolls filled with a gilded primrose shaped flower and dot filled background. The shaped rims are also gilded and there are gilded outlines to the leaf shaped handles The central section of each has a circular gilded band.

The two square shaped plates can be positively identified as being by Adams by the large impressed anchor mark with two laurel sprigs, used by Adams around this period.

Please see the images of the mark showing the translucency of the porcelain and also an extract from the excellent book by Charles Duckworth "Davenport Ceramic Marks 1794 - 1887".   

They are in very good condition with some very minor rubbing to the gilding, commensurate with age and use. The plates are greats example of English porcelain from the  Victorian period and would make a very decorative addition to any collection or fantastic to use. 

Square
Length 9 5/8 inches ( 24.6 cm)
Width 8 7/8 inches (22.4 cm)
Round
Diameter 8 3/8 inches (21.2 cm)
Length 9 inches (22.9 cm)
Total weight 1457 grammes unpacked

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