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Greetings from Wyler Antiques!

Today we will be discussing antique porcelain, specifically plates both singles and pairs. There are several reasons why people would purchase either one or a pair of plates. A particular pattern, color, and appealing design, or perhaps whatever was available at that time. Of course, if there are no other plates available, that gives the buyer an opportunity to chase after more of the desired pattern. The chase is always fun, exasperating, and hopefully, rewarding.

A lovely floral design on a large 19th-century Italian "Doccia" Plate is our first selection. "Doccia" was made in the Richard Ginori factory in Doccia, Italy. It means a glaze that was created with a milky white surface, creating a good background for strong and vibrant colors. It was a unique idea, widely accepted, and used right away.

Our striking 18th-century Chinese Imari Plate has a warm and interesting design. It features a bird in flight approaching a branch. This scene is set on a white background which appears to be an unfolding scroll. Surrounded by blue swirls, this plate is sure to be pleasing to the discerning eye. 

A 19th-century English Porcelain Soup Plate is England's version of Chinese flowers (peonies) with butterflies and fruit (kumquats). Beautifully painted with vibrant colors, it is too pretty in design to use for soup.
The King's Pattern in 19th century English Derby Porcelain is well represented by a vibrant shell dish and a pair of plates. In 1775, George III granted the Derby company the right to incorporate the crown into their designs. It thus became known as the King's Pattern - bold colors are associated with this particular pattern. Also, the mark, a crown, can often be found on the back of various porcelain pieces of this pattern.
Majolica was first noticed in the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century. It spread to surrounding countries and is used predominately for tableware. This pair of 19th-century English Majolica Plates have a vibrant green color used in overlapping leaves which form an interesting scalloped border. 
This pair of exquisite 18th-century Chinese Porcelain Plates are decorated with insects and butterflies. Unusual in design due to their subject matter, these plates are a wonderful example of intricate, well-thought-out, well-executed workmanship.
We hope that you have enjoyed our brief discussion on Antique Porcelain single and pair of Plates. If you would like to know more information about this subject or its examples, please visit either the English, Continental, or Chinese Porcelain pages of our website. There you will see the various pieces we have discussed as well as others. If you would like to learn anything more, please feel free to e-mail or call us at (914) 861-2429. As always, we look forward to hearing from you.

Kindest regards,
David M. Wyler
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