13 - 14 June 2002
Six Chelsea blue-ground plates
Circa 1760, gold anchor marks
Each painted with exotic birds among trees and shrubs within a central circular cartouche flanked by three similarly painted lobed cartouches joined by shaped gilt trellis panels edged with gilt C-scrolls and with scattered gilt insects on a mottled dark-blue-ground, within shaped gilt dentil rims (some rubbing to gilding and minor rubbing to enamel of wells)
8¼ in. (21 cm.) diam. (6)
Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1837), Longleat, Wiltshire and by descent at Longleat.
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