I always thought that plates with handles were serving dishes. But an expert told me that in the Rococo period (roughly between 1825 and 1850) wealthy people liked having handles on their dinner plates. Is this because they had such a big appetite? One of my readers thought it was so that the butler would not put his grubby thumb into the master’s food – I think he must be right!
This gorgeous plate with beautiful cobalt blue, incredibly lavish gilding and a wonderful hand painted cottage scene was made by Ridghway in 1825. It is a fantastic example of the Rococo style, which left nothing undecorated. If you look well, you will find some evil-looking butterflies in the gilding – this plate has so much to look at! If you find it too big and heavy for dinner it will be wonderful as a serving plate for lots and lots of cake – or keep it on display as it is a work of art.
You can find the listing here in my Antiques shop.