Painted in sepia monochrome with a portrait of Dean Swift within an oval of gilt oak leaves. The pierced border with purple feathering and beaded gilt rim. The cavetto with engine turned flutes.
Plates painted by the same hand with portraits of John Milton and The Duke of Marlborough are also known. The unusually high quality suggests an independent decorating studio, perhaps in London.
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), the Anglo-Irish writer is best known for his satire Gulliver’s Travels.
Condition – Some surfaces scratches and wear to gilt border.
Provenance – The collection of Mrs A.R. Lewis, sold Sotheby’s, London, 22 December, 1970, lot 101.
The Tom Walford Collection
This item has now been sold