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Royal service resumed at £4600

18 January 2010Written by ATG Reporter

THIS 17in (43cm) oval serving dish, seen at Chiswick Auctions latest sale, is from a breakfast service ordered by George III from Flight Barr and Barr of Worcester in 1805.

It is decorated with the royal arms within cobalt borders finely gilded with berried laurel sprigs, oak garlands alternately enclosing the crowned cipher of George III and sprigs of national flowers tied with ribbons.

A splendid piece of early 19th century porcelain, items from this service are also very rare on the open market as the majority of pieces (33 in total) reside in Buckingham Palace. Broken specimens have occasionally escaped from the Royal Collection but this dish was in excellent condition.

Chiswick director William Rouse, who found the dish in a house in Putney, said it looked as if it had left the Worcester factory yesterday.

At the sale in West London on January 5, six phone bidders took it way beyond the £800-1200 estimate to £4600 plus 20 per cent buyer's premium.

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