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Arts of Europe

The MFAH collections of art created on the European continent encompass artistic styles across the time line of history, from the ancient world to the Middle Ages, and the Early Modern era to the 21st century.

English, established 1751
Decorated by the atelier of James Giles, 1718–1780
c. 1770
Soft-paste porcelain

1 15/16 x 8 7/8 inches diameter

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Rienzi Collection
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harris Masterson III

Arts of Europe

The distinctive decoration on this plate is attributed to the London workshop of independent china painter James Giles. In the 18th century, Giles and his atelier were commissioned to decorate white porcelain for the Worcester factory. The distinctive work of Giles´s studio can be seen in the elaborate gilt and claret border, and beautifully rendered cut fruit and lush flowers.

From 1767 to 1771, Giles had an agreement with Worcester that supplied him with white porcelain to decorate. Giles worked in the most current and fashionable styles and was particularly known for his fruit, flower, and bird painting. His wares are recognized for the high quality of their painting and gilding. The pairing of fruit and flower elements seen here is often referred to as the Hope-Edwardes pattern, after Sir Thomas Edwardes, for whom a service of this type was first made.