Wedgwood ‘Water Lily’ Pattern Oval Platter, c.1808-11
with well at one end, printed in brown and painted in orange and gilt with flowers and leaves
length 20.3" — 51.5 cm.
Robin Reilly, Wedgwood, The New Illustrated Dictionary (1995), p. 456 and col. pl. 121.
Reilly tentatively attributes the 'Water Lily' design to John Wedgwood, adapted from engravings in the Botanists' Repository for October 1803 and September 1804 and Botanical Magazine for December 1804 and February 1806. The original print was in the present brown palette and one of these early services was bought by Dr. Robert Waring Darwin in 1808. The pattern was expensive and difficult to make and Josiah II sent instructions to London in May 1811 that it should be removed from display, adding ‘we will print some in Blue’.
Budd Sugarman Collection, Toronto
Department: Decorative Arts