However, he's not always responsible for the piece attributed to him on the label.
A recent purchase of pirs was a pair of plates, Chelsea-Derby circa 1770. They are superbly decorated in a style traditionally associated with James Giles, and he is known to have sometimes used Chelsea-Derby porcelain- certainly he sold it as part of his stock.
The details are amazing: all fruits or vegetables, plus butterflies.
|Chelsea-Derby fruit specimens - note the red & yellow pear!|
Yes, according to Coke who illustrates two examples in his 1983 'In Search of James Giles' book, p187- a Worcester example and a Chelsea-Derby example from a mixed service. These are curious in that they have exactly the same pattern- and repeating the pattern is not associated with Giles, where the elements of a design are usually mixed and refreshed for each piece.
|Coke's book - in search of James Giles - illustrates a mixed Worcester & Chelsea-Derby service by the same hand.|
Comparing the details with our Chelsea-Derby, it is clear they are another artist with a different painting style- but similar subject matter.
|These plates are all by the same hand, on Chelsea-Derby porcelain but not factory decoration.|
|James Giles features do not compare to the Chelsea-Derby cut fruit painter being discussed.|
Unfortunately, Giles is the only name who has facts to flesh out his story: the other decorators are just brief mentions and guesses......
This plate will be a part of our upcoming 2013 Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions.