DERBY PORCELAIN BOTANICAL DISH, DECORATION ATTRIBUTED TO WILLIAM PEGG
with shaped rim and moulded body, painted with a central design of a China Aster within gilt borders, with blue painted inscription LARGE DOUBLE CHINA ASTER and maker's marks 392
Estimate £ 1,500-2,500
Scottish deceased estate
William 'Quaker' Pegg (1775 - 1851) worked as an apprentice studying porcelain painting from the age of 10. In 1796 he started working for the Derby factory, where he initially spent five years, before leaving and returning. His second time with the company saw new developments in his work, and this botanical dish is an example of the level of skill as a decorator and oberserver of botanical specimens. This 'Large Double China Aster', is thought to have originated from a hand-coloured etching included in John Edward's 'A Collection of Flowers...', which was originally published with 79 similar plates in January 1795. It is believed that Derby acquired a copy of this book in the mid 1790s, and it provided much inspiration for the factory's painters. A similar painted dish, also made and decorated at Derby, is held within the collection at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.
Sold for £2,375 (buyer's premium included)