751. Antique Porcelain Plaque Still Life Fruit Flowers Thomas Steele Derby Minton

Stunning and Extremely Rare English Hand Painted Porcelain Plaque of rectangular outline, firmly attributed to well-known porcelain English Artist Thomas Steele, first half of the Nineteenth Century.   

Still Life of Fruit and Flowers exquisitely painted with green grapes and peaches, amongst Summer Flowers and Old Roses resting on a wooden table. This painting is unsigned.  

Condition: Good allover condition for such an early piece. Re-framed with a giltwood frame of the same period. There are two tiny holes at top of picture which were used to hang the piece unframed in the past. Entire is glazed, see final image. 

Height: (entire) 9.75” (24cm). Width: (entire) 10.75” (27cm).  

Shipped to Exetor, Devon, England  

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A similar example was sold by Bonhams Auction Rooms in London in 1975 and discussed by John Twitchett, Derby Porcelain, p 275. The artist's date of birth as 1772, very little detail of his life is known. He worked at Derby from around 1815, moving to Rockingham in the late 1820s and returning to Staffordshire where his name is mentioned in the Minton Wages Book of 17 March 1832. This exceptional and rare plaque was presumably painted whilst he was working with one of these porcelain manufacturers