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2007/16/1 Dessert plate, Australian wildflowers, porcelain (bone china), made by Doulton & Co, painted by Louis Bilton, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, c. 1892. Click to enlarge.

Doulton porcelain plate painted by Louis Bilton with Australian flowers

Made
This rare dessert plate was hand-painted by Louis Bilton (c. 1860-1910), an English artist who spent three years in Sydney, 1885 to 1887, making drawings of Australian flora for 'The Picturesque Atlas of Australasia'. This monumental three-volume set, published between 1886 and 1888, became one of the most significant cultural projects in 19th-century Australia. Bilton secured this important commission courtesy of Julian R Ashton, a key contributor to the album alongside other artists such as …

Summary

Object No.

2007/16/1

Object Statement

Dessert plate, Australian wildflowers, porcelain (bone china), made by Doulton & Co, painted by Louis Bilton, Burslem, Staffordshire, England, c. 1892

Physical Description

A round porcelain plate with a scalloped rim decorated with a lace-like pattern in gold gilt . The well is hand-painted with an asymmetrical arrangement of Australian wildflowers possibly Common Fringe Myrtle (Calytrix tetragona) against a light yellow 'vellum' ground. Signed near the rim.

Marks

Signed in purple ink on the front near the rim 'L.B / IOR [illeg.]. Handwritten on underneath of plate along inside rim in purple ink: 'Unnamed / (from South Head.NSW?)' and in red ink 'LB'. In the centre underside is the standard 'DOULTON BURSLEM ENGLAND' stamp with crown printed in brown. Under the stamp is a faint green registered design: 'Rd No. 1' [illeg.]. Along the inside rim on the other side underneath the plate in orange ink: 'C.4397 / GR'.

Production

Notes

The dessert plate was made by Doulton & Co and painted by Louis Bilton at Burslem, Staffordshire, England around 1892.

History

Notes

This plate was one of eight in a private collection in Adelaide from which it was acquired by the vendor.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2007

Acquisition Date

15 February 2007

Cite this Object

Harvard

Doulton porcelain plate painted by Louis Bilton with Australian flowers 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 7 December 2021, <https://ma.as/363659>

Wikipedia

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