A Rare 19th Century Derby Fish Plate Of Ichthyological Interest

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A Rare 19th Century Derby Plate Of Ichthyological Interest

the centre painted by Thomas Tatlow, with a finely coloured Carp lying among grasses, reeds, blue flowers and ferns, the Regency border richly gilded with foliate scrolls and anthemion motifs

22.5cm diameter

Inscribed Carp and with a crown, crossed batons and D mark in red along with a number '4' in black and a minute N or M in red by the foot rim 

Circa 1815

Minor wear to gilt rim

A Derby service with gold arabesque borders and named fish centres has been attributed to Thomas Tatlow for some time now. As well as Haslem stating that "Tatlow was a clever painter of flowers, shells etc and that he painted in oils", he was a very keen angler, especially for pike, it being reported: "These fish afford good diversion to the angler being bold biters. The best baits are gudgeons or dace of a middling size, the bait should never be thrown too far. Pike are to be allured by a large bait, but a small one is more certain to take them."

Thomas' brother, Joseph was apprenticed at the Derby Works at the end of the 18th century where he excelled in arabesque borders. It would be nice to think that this service was the result of both brothers working together

 

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