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A Chelsea plate

Provenance:
Thomas, 2nd Marquess of Bath (1765-1847), Longleat, Wiltshire, and by descent until sold Christie's London, 13th June 2002, part lot 314

English Private Collection

Literature:
Longleat 1869 Inventory 'Fourteen old Chelsea plates deep blue with insects in gold and exotic birds in medallions'

Longleat 1896 Inventory (2nd Marquess' Heirlooms)

A Chelsea plate, painted in coloured enamels with three exotic birds perched in a tree, and with smaller birds in flight, within a gift interlinked scroll roundel, the blue ground border with a band of gilt leaf scrolls and entwined leaves, the indented rim with a gilt dentil band, 8 3/8" diameter, circa 1760, gold anchor mark 



A Chelsea plate