RARE SET OF 3 ISLEWORTH POWDER BLUE PORCELAIN SHAPED DESSERT PLATES
(Previously attributed to Bow)
Of fluted form, each dessert plate with a circular central well depicting an island riverscape with formal buildings
and a willow to the right, and a pine trees to the left, all before rocks and with rather prominent birds in the sky; the even powder
blue ground with reserved panels: four fan-shaped border panels painted with houses and pine trees alternating with willows and pine
with birds; four small round panels of lotus sprigs; the verso with twigs beneath the rim and pseudo Chinese character marks
Note: Previously attributed to Bow. Further study has shown that these are actually from Isleworth, Middlesex, whose porcelain
has only in recent years begun to be properly attributed. The porcelain is of bone-ash, similar to Bow, and patterns are similar
to Bow and Worcester, the founders of Isleworth having both worked previously with Worcester. The glaze is slightly different, and
the four fan shaped reserves have an interesting 3-dot decoration, seen also in the Worcester pattern known as "Cannonball",
derived from an earlier "3-dot painter" at Lund's Bristol.
Condition: Excellent; each with minor firing flaws (visible below)
7 1/8" to 7 3/8" Diameter
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