National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
The Colin Templeton Collection. Gift of Mrs Colin Templeton, 1942
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of Digitisation Champion Ms Carol Grigor through Metal Manufactures Limited
18th Century Decorative Arts - Great Hall Costume Corridor Level 2, NGV International
The floral imagery on this porcelain plate derives from botanical illustrations. The use of scientific botanical sources as a basis for ceramic decoration in England was pioneered at the Chelsea Porcelain Factory which exploited its proximity to the Society of Apothecaries’ Physic Garden at Chelsea in London to obtain subject matter for its decorators. Such botanical imagery reflects the heightened interest in scientific study of the natural world that characterised the age of the Enlightenment.