Dessert Service

Collection Type

  • Decorative arts

Date

1804-1813

GUSN

GUSN-49940

Description

Gilt gold banded edge; border of gilt vermicule on pink ground; central image of elephant's head w/ snake entwined around trunk w/ green-gilt decoration (Appleton family crest). Urn-shaped on square base.

Details

Descriptive Terms

sauce tureens
gilding
painting (coating)
porcelain
Porcelain
Gilded
Painted
TUREEN, SAUCE

Label

"Cherished Possessions": Believed to have been ordered for the marriage of Nathan Appleton and Maria Gold in 1806, this dessert service was second to none at the time. The set was ordered from the Worcester Royal Porcelain Works of Barr, Flight and Barr, whose wares were used in royal households in England and imperial palaces in Europe. The Appletons special-ordered the dessert service to be decorated with the Appleton family crest, an elephant's head with a snake encircling the animal's trunk.

Inscription

Printed and impressed on bottom: Impressed: ""BFB [under crown]"" Printed: ""BARR FLIGHT & BARR/ Royal Porcelain Works/ WORCESTER/ London--House/ FLIGHT & BARR/ Coventry Street/ Manufacturer to their Majesties, Prince of Wales, and Royal Family/ Establish 1751""

Maker

Barr Flight & Barr (Maker)

Location of Origin

Worcester, England

Dimensions

5.5 (H), 6 (diameter) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the heirs of Nathan Appleton

Accession Number

1981.15.1AB

Places

Worcester (Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom)