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    Sale 1987

    Important European Furniture, Works of Art, Ceramics, Carpets, And Glass

    20 May 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 56

    A WORCESTER (FLIGHT) PLATE FROM THE 'HOPE' SERVICE AND A WORCESTER BLUE AND WHITE DESSERT PLATE

    THE FIRST CIRCA 1792, BLUE CROWNED SCRIPT FLIGHT AND OPEN CRESCENT MARK, PAINTED BY JOHN PENNINGTON; THE SECOND CIRCA 1780, BLUE CRESCENT MARK

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    A WORCESTER (FLIGHT) PLATE FROM THE 'HOPE' SERVICE AND A WORCESTER BLUE AND WHITE DESSERT PLATE
    THE FIRST CIRCA 1792, BLUE CROWNED SCRIPT FLIGHT AND OPEN CRESCENT MARK, PAINTED BY JOHN PENNINGTON; THE SECOND CIRCA 1780, BLUE CRESCENT MARK
    The first painted en grisaille with a central cartouche of a figure allegorical of Hope at the water's edge, the underglaze-blue border gilt with paterae, stars and dots beneath a shaped gilt rim; the second decorated in the 'Royal Lily' pattern, shaped iron-red line rims
    9¾ in. (24.7 cm.) diameter, the 'Hope' plate (2)


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    Commissioned by the Duke of Clarence, later William IV (1765-1830) in January 1790, the entire Hope Service, of which this is part, took a year to produce and cost 700 GBP. It proved to be decisive for the Worcester factory, helping to establish its reputation as a manufacturer under Royal patronage after what had been a difficult period.

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