Antique Minton Pate-sur-pate Plate, Signed Leroy, Bird With Mushrooms, 1878 For Sale
Antique Minton Pate-sur-Pate Cabinet Plate 1878, Gilt Pierced Edge, Birds with Mushrooms Motif, Artist Signed: Desire Leroy
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Stunning and exquisitely made, this
pate-sur-pate plate depicts a swallow
and a moth hovering over a cluster of
wildflowers and mushrooms on a field of
brilliant turquoise. There is a
delicate interior border of white which
sets off a pierced key-link border
gilded in Minton's celebrated method,
perfected by Colin Minton Campbell. The
plate is signed by listed pate-sur-pate
artist Desire Leroy, who was at
Minton's from 1874-1890. (Leroy was one
of the talented French porcelain
painters enticed to England by Minton's
during the Franco Prussian War. In
1890, after working at Minton's, he
went on to achieve great artistic
renown at Royal Crown Derby). The plate
measures 9 5/8" in diameter. The back
stamp on this plate was used by
Minton's from 1873-1912; it is also
signed by Davis Collamore & Co. of New
York, for whom the plate was made.
The condition of this stunning antique
plate is excellent. There are no chips,
cracks, scratches, or crazing. There is
one area of dull gold shown in picture
close-up (about 4 inches long) which
corresponds to a dimly yellowed area on
the back of the plate, shown in picture
6. As gold leaf work of Minton's
quality does not lose its luster, we
think something happened to this small
area of the plate and someone had it
retouched. One gold medallion, and a 4"
strip below it appear touched up, and
the decoration of small circles appears
different than the rest of the border.
This small area along the edge hardly
shows, and we do not believe it
detracts at all from the grace and
craftsmanship of this rare and
wonderful antique piece.
We have two other antique Minton plates
listed separately, one of which would
be a fine companion piece to this one,
and is most likely also done by Leroy,
although not signed. The other is a
fish scene, signed by Minton artist
E.C. Bayley. 
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Antique Minton Pate-sur-pate Plate, Signed Leroy, Bird With Mushrooms, 1878: $500