Artists and makers have long looked to the natural world for inspiration, and the lots displayed on these two pages demonstrate the way in which a subject from nature can be approached differently in order to cater for different tastes. Both English and made in the mid- 18th century, the naturalist attention to detail and delicate trompe l'oeil treatment of the Chelsea porcelain partridge tureen contrasts nicely with the rustic and two-dimensional depiction of the birds in the five Bristol delftware farmyard dishes.
A BRISTOL DELFT POLYCHROME FARMYARD PLATE
Painted with a blue winged yellow and iron-red cockerel between manganese sponged trees
7 7/8 in. (20 cm.) diam.
European Ceramics & Glass; A Private Collection of Teapots and Associated Items, Bonhams, London, 22 November 2001, lot 224.
With Jonathan Horne, London.
Anonymous sale, Hearts of Oak, Christie's, London, 2 December 2009, lot 166.