A DERBY PORCELAIN BOTANICAL PART DINNER AND DESSERT SERVICE
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A DERBY PORCELAIN BOTANICAL PART DINNER AND DESSERT SERVICE

CIRCA 1815, IRON-RED CROWNED CROSSED BATONS AND SCRIPT D MARKS, THE PAINTING ASCRIBED TO QUAKER PEGG

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A DERBY PORCELAIN BOTANICAL PART DINNER AND DESSERT SERVICE
CIRCA 1815, IRON-RED CROWNED CROSSED BATONS AND SCRIPT D MARKS, THE PAINTING ASCRIBED TO QUAKER PEGG
Each finely painted with a flower or fruit specimen, identified on the reverse, gilt banded rims, comprising: two large soup-tureens and covers; six sauce tureens, four covers and six stands; three cushion-shaped vegetable dishes and covers; four shell-shaped dishes; three quatrefoil dishes; two lobed lozenge-shaped dishes; a square salad bowl; a footed compote; fifteen oval platters in six sizes; twenty soup plates; forty-seven dinner plates; and twenty-two dessert plates
20 in. (50.8 cm.) long, the largest platter
Provenance
W.H.T. Ottley Collection; Christie's, London, 25 April 1960, lot 60 (the dinner service).
Needham's Antiques, New York, 1954, acquired as a Christmas gift from David to Peggy Rockefeller (the dessert service).
Literature
D. Fennimore et al., The David and Peggy Rockefeller Collection: Decorative Arts, New York, 1992, vol. IV, pp. 202-203, no. 215.
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Lot Essay

Peggy had seen a Derby dessert service in a vitrine in the shop which she liked very much, but by the standards of those days it seemed quite expensive. Since she admired it so much, I finally bought it for her for Christmas in 1954.
D.R.

William 'Quaker' Pegg (1775-1851), was a self-taught botanical draftsman and china-painter. He first worked at the Derby manufactory from 1796 until 1801, at which point he destroyed all his sketchbooks and preparatory drawing, leaving the manufactory in order to lead a more devout life. In 1813 he returned to painting on porcelain, and began to rebuild the body of work he had destroyed, before finally quitting to run a small business in 1820.

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