The octagonal plate with a white ground molded in Meissen manner
with Gotzkowsky* erhaben blumen,
in the center with a floral wreath enclosing two shadowed butterflies
painted in the manner of Johann Gottfried Kingler**,
and with two small floral sprigs and a blossom below a deep cavetto,
the flat rim painted with four floral sprays alternating with further floral molding;
within a brown line around the raised edge; unmarked
three spur marks verso; likely a "soup plate"***
molding on this dish, described as “Gotzkowsky” manner,
name from Johann Ernst Gotzkowsky
(b. 1710), a Berlin entrepreneur,
who ordered a Meissen service so molded about 1743-44.
It was probably modeled by Johann
Friedrich Eberlein (1696-1749)
and first appears on Meissen
porcelain in 1741.
The Meissen models were round with further
molding and shaping to the rims.
A notable Meissen service with this
molding is the St. Andrew Service” (1744),
given by Augustus III to Elizabeth I
of Russia, consisting of some 440 pieces,
augmented by 130 sculptural figures
** Jonhann Gottfried Klinger (c1711-1781) was the Meissen painter
credited rightly or wrongly with specializing in insects with shadows.
Condition : Excellent with very minor wear; staining to the
white glaze, as shown in images;
several areas of crazing to the glaze verso, also visible in images
Additional Notes :
Although the V&A lists a similar dish as a "Fruit Dish", this is more likely a "Soup Dish".
In his book Chelsea in "The Williamsburg Collection",
John Austin reproduces the 1755 Chelsea sale catalog.
With respect to "damask'd" plates, he illustrates on p. 81 a circular example as no. 70,
and on p. 80 mentions the following :
*** "This type of raised flower decoration at Chelsea was called 'damask'd' or 'damaskworkt.'
It appears many times in the 1755 catalog, which lists
oval dishes, soup plates, and table plates 'damask'd with flowers,'
(fourth day of the sale, lots 84-86)
and 'damask'd soup plates enamell'd with 5 groupes of flowers'." (seventh day, lot 63).
Lot 86 is "'Twelve soup plates ditto."
This suggests that this dish is indeed a "soup plate"
and not a "fruit dish," as the V & A has designated it.