A Fine Derby Porcelain Dish with Botanical Specimen,
Pattern # 115,
Probably Painted by John Brewer.
The lozenge-shaped dish is finely painted with Lilies of the Valley. The white flowers dwarfed by their large green leaves. Some gilt rubbing to rim.
Dimensions: 11 1/4 inches x 8 3/8 inches
Marks: All in underglaze blue: "Lilies of the Valley" and Derby mark crown with crossed battons with #115 below for pattern number.
The Lily of the Valley is taken from No. 31 of J. Edward's A Collection of Flowers, 79 plates, folio, (1795). This beautiful book was the second main source used at Derby. The book was devoted to the beauties of garden flowers. The flowers were named in English only, explaining the lack of the Latin name on the reverse of this dish.