George Complin joined Derby in 1789, and though his origins are unconfirmed, he is thought to be French. He was greatly admired by his contemporary at Derby, Edward Withers, who thought him to be 'a better painter than Hilliard- another aspirant for the factory.' He was celebrated for his meticulous 'Fruit & birds' painting such as that found on the present lot. It is interesting to note that in these compositions, the birds are usually disproportionately small in comparison to the fruit.
For a very similar example located in the Royal Crown Derby Museum and another in the Hermitage, Leningrad see John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain, London, 1980, p. 124, colour pl. 25 and p. 174, pl. 207. Also see p. 87 for a plate illustrating this form as drawn in the Old Derby Pattern Books.